August 10, 2009 - An Armful of Astronaut

An Armful of Astronaut Anchored to a Canadarm2 mobile foot restraint, astronaut Rick Linnehan, STS-123 mission specialist, participates in the mission’s first scheduled session of extravehicular activity devoted to continued construction of the International Space Station in March 2008. A larger, more advanced version of the space shuttle’s Canadian-built Canadarm, Canadarm2 (officially known as the Space Station Remote Manipulator System) is the primary component of the ISS’s Mobile Servicing Structure. It plays a key role in station assembly and maintenance by moving equipment and supplies around the station, supporting astronauts working in space, and servicing instruments and other payloads attached to the station. It has seven motorized joints and is fifty-eight feet long when fully extended.

Image credit: NASA


Weekly Calendar

August 10-16, 2009

Holidays - Sky Events - Space History

Moon phase Monday 10

1966: Lunar Orbiter I launched
1990: Magellan enters orbit around Venus
2001: STS-105 Discovery launched

Moon phase Tuesday 11

Perseid meteor shower

1962: Vostok 3 launched

Moon phase Wednesday 12

Perseid meteor shower

1877: Asaph Hall discovers Deimos, moon of Mars
: Echo 1 launched
1962: Vostok 4 launched
1977: HEAO-1 launched
1977: Space shuttle Enterprise’s first glide test
2005: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter launched

Moon phase Thursday 13

Last Quarter Moon 2:55 pm

Moon phase Friday 14

Jupiter at opposition

Moon phase Saturday 15

Juno appears stationary
Mars 3° south of Moon

Moon phase Sunday 16

1963: M2-F1 lifting body makes first glide flight after being towed aloft by a C-47

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