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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fall Vacation Space Camps Announced at the CMSEC. Open House at AF Hospital. Space and Science News. The Imaginarium.

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Farpoint Cadets Interested in Joining the Medical 


Hey Cadets!
     This specifically concerns any of you that want to become a member of the Medical Group/want to enter the medical field. If any of you live in the American Fork area you have probably seen the massive amount of construction going on around American Fork Hospital. Well they have been building a new Emergency Room and Operating Room! (They're super cool and high-tech looking now). American Fork Hospital is hosting an open house for these departments on Tuesday from 4:00 - 8:00 P.M.  This is a great chance for anyone to come see the inside of the ER or OR. There will be staff there to answer questions as well as some super cool games and a LifeFlight Helicopter to explore. This really is a cool chance to get to see this stuff so I hope to see you guys there!

Jacqueline Lystrup
Farpoint Voyagers Medical Department

Space and Science News

Damaged Soyuz carries crew to ISS

Soyuz rocket lifts off from Baikonur.

     Reinforcements for Expedition 41 left Earth for a six month stay, blasting off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Saturday for a six-hour flight to the ISS. On board Soyuz TMA-14M were Soyuz commander Alexander Samokutyaev, cosmonaut Elena Serova, and NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore.  They will join Expedition 41 Commander Max Suraev (Russia), NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman, and ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst from Germany.

Crew of Soyuz TMA-14M. L-R: Wilson, Samokutyaev, Serova.

     Wilson has flown in space before, on the space shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-129, delivering supplies to the ISS in 2009. Samokutyaev was previously a backup for Expedition 23/24, and served on the ISS on mission 27/28. Serova is the first Russian woman to crew on the ISS, and is on her first flight to the station.

One-Wing Soyuz approaching the ISS.

     After achieving orbit, and making burns for rendezvous with the ISS, one of the solar panel wing arrays failed to deploy. The right side array was still able to provide enough electrical power for the craft, which docked at the Russian-made Polsk module at a little over 8 pm Mountain time. The slight jarring of the docking maneuver may have been what the jammed panel needed, since it seems it opened on its own a little after docking. 
Dragon Cargo Spacecraft Arrives at ISS

View of Dragon on approach to the ISS, just before grappling with the robotic arm.

     SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft has arrived at the International Space Station and was caught by the robotic arm just a couple of hours ago at 4:52 a.m. Mountain time. This was the 4th Dragon mission to the ISS by SpaceX. The craft will be docked at the US Harmony module, where astronauts will unload its supplies and experiments and eventually load it with items needing return to NASA engineers on the ground. The Dragon is the only robotic cargo ship that safely returns to the Earth. The US Cygnus, European ATV, and Russian Progress vehicles all terminate their missions by burning up in the atmosphere. Dragon will spend 4 weeks docked to the station before ending its mission. On this trip, besides all the regular supplies of fuel, water, food, and small experiments, the Dragon also brought up an experimental 3D printer that astronauts will use to create certain parts  for maintenance while in orbit.

By Mark Daymont
Farpoint Educator
The Imaginarium

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