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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Field Trip Staff. The Magellan in a Maverick Commercial. Space News. The Imaginarium.

Front: Chris Call, Shayne Skaggs, Josh Babb
Back, Lorraine Houston, Mr. W., Metta Smith

The Field Trip Staff from A Long Time Ago

     I found the picture above hidden away in a faculty lounge file cabinet at Central Elementary on Saturday. I had used the cabinet during my time at the Space Center for storage and thought to check to see if I'd left anything behind. 
     This was taken in November right after the new addition to the school opened. I can't say the exact year. Perhaps someone might be able to help with that.
     Why I'm wearing a civilian shirt and tie is a mystery. I wore a Space Center shirt to work every day. It was my standard operating procedure. My break with habit might be explained by the fact that it was obviously picture day at Central and I wanted to look my best. But since when was that ever a motivational factor for cleaning up for a photo? 
Watch the Maverick Store Commercial Filmed in the Magellan

Before last Saturday's Voyager Club Long Duration Mission, Jon Parker and I were speaking about things in general. The conversation somehow sparked question from Jon. "Did you get to see the Maverick commercial shot in the Magellan?"
I informed him that I had not. A moment later his laptop was open. 
The commercial is pretty cool.  Enjoy...

Space Update
By Mark Daymont
Voyager Club Educator

EVA-33 a Success

Astronaut Kjell Lundgren moving along the station truss.

On Friday November 2, astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lundgren completed a 6.5 hour spacewalk to fix one of the cooling systems on the station. The P6 Photo Voltaic Thermal Control System (PVTCS) on the truss had been leaking for some years at a very tiny rate. The leak had increased and so ground engineers needed a fix for the system. An earlier spacewalk in 2013 corrected the leak. During the repairs, the Trailing Thermal Control Radiator (TTCR, which looks like a small solar panel) was deployed to help with station cooling. Further changes in the cooling system meant that the TTCR was no longer necessary and as it was extended, it faced possible damage from debris strikes. The astronauts on Friday performed an EVA to re-route the cooling to the PVTCS, so that the TTCR could be retracted. The re-routing was completed, but ground engineers decided to leave the TTCR extended for now until a later EVA.
You can find a very detailed description of the EVA, with diagrams and pictures of the affected systems, at

EVA-32 Completed on ISS

Kjell Lundgren at work in the great outdoors.

Two American astronauts worked outside the International Space Station last week, performing maintenance and preparations for upcoming missions to the station.

Astronaut Scott Kelly prepares for EVA.

Astronauts Scott Kelly (commander of current Expedition 45) and Kjell Lundgren stayed on EVA-32 for a seven-hour session, completing many needed maintenance objectives. Firs, they uncovered a thermal protective cover from the Main Bus Switching Unit that had failed earlier in 2012 and was being stored outside the station on the main truss.  By removing the cover, they have prepared the switching unit for later being grappled by the robotic arm and then being moved into the station for delicate repair work. Next, they installed a thermal cover on the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer experiment, which will extend the lifetime of the coolant pumps on the AMS.  

Scott Kelly takes a selfie while on spacewalk.

One important item completed during the walk was the lubrication of the grapple end of the robotic arm. Following that, the pair of spacewalkers continued to move cables and wiring on the Node 1 port to the Node 2 port. This effort was in support of making changes to the station to allow for the future busy docking schedules for new spacecraft from SpaceX and Boeing, as well as the eventual use of the Orion spacecraft being developed by NASA.

Scott Kelly in the station at one of the viewing ports.

On October 16, Kelly broke the record for the longest number of flight days in space for American astronauts. The previous record was held by astronaut Mike Fincke, at 382 days. 
The Imaginarium

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