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International Space Station crew forced to evacuate

June 28, 2011 Comments off

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The six-member crew of the International Space Station wereforced to evacuate to two Russian Soyuz rescue space vehicles after spotting incoming debris that threatened to flatten the fragile craft
The six-member crew of the International Space Station wereforced to evacuate to two Russian Soyuz rescue space vehicles after spotting incoming debris that threatened to flatten the fragile craft

‘The space junk was detected too late for a ducking manoeuvre,’ the source told Interfax Photo: AFP

The space junk missed the craft by 820ft, a Russian space industry source tolkd the Interfax news agency

“The space junk was detected too late for a ducking manoeuvre,” the source told Interfax.

“The six ISS crew members received instructions to transfer to the Soyuz vehicles,” the Russian source said.

An official at Russian space control outside Moscow said by telephone that such incidents had occurred on past occasions and did not represent an emergency.

“If this is true, they would be following the normal procedure for evacuating the station if necessary,” the mission control spokesman said.

“This is not an emergency operation. They have standing instructions to that effect,” the spokeswoman said.

Three crew members were forced to briefly evacuate the ISS in an incident in March 2009.

It was not immediately clear when the debris was expected to approach the station or what precisely was detected.

The crew is currently manned by three Russians and two Americans as well as a Japanese astronaut.

Highlights of the $3.73 Trillion Budget Request for 2012

February 15, 2011 Comments off

WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama released a $3.73 trillion budget for fiscal-year 2012 Monday where he sought to balance two competing and conflicting agendas: dramatic cuts to federal spending while also investing in programs to improve U.S. competitiveness.

A look at what President Barack Obama has requested in his $3.73 trillion budget for the 2012 fiscal year beginning Oct. 1.

Summary: Homeland Security gets $44 Billion with a priority on naked body scanners.  The Transportation Department gets over a half Trillion dollars for new highway and rail construction, including $53 billion for high-speed trains.  $500 million will go to the new Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and Enforcement (See my article on LOST.) and NIST, the group that dropped the ball on the Sept. 11th investigation will be getting $764 million, roughly a 17% increase from last year.

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Agency: NASA

Spending: $18.7 billion

Percentage Change from 2011: 0.9 percent decrease

Discretionary Spending: $18.7 billion

Highlights: Obama’s space budget is about the same as the previous year, avoiding the major proposed cuts other agencies are facing, partly because of the long planned Read more…