Space shuttle Atlantis lands on runway 33 at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility concluding the STS-129 mission. Photo credit: NASA Jack Pfaller
Mon, 30 Nov 2009 04:07:42 PM GMT+0000
After a flawless mission to resupply the International Space Station, the STS-129 crew members now are back at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. They will be honored with a homecoming ceremony at nearby Ellington Field today.
Meanwhile, preparations for space shuttle Endeavour and its crew are ramping up for the STS-130 mission targeted to launch Feb. 4, 2010.
Endeavour is scheduled to roll over from the orbiter processing facility to the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in late December. There, it will be lifted and attached to the waiting external tank and twin solid rocket boosters.
The STS-130 crew members, Commander George Zamka, Pilot Terry Virts Jr., Mission Specialists Nicholas Patrick, Robert Behnken, Stephen Robinson and Kathryn Hire, are rehearsing deorbit procedures today at Johnson.
Endeavour will deliver a third connecting module, the Tranquility node, to the station in addition to the seven-windowed Cupola module, which will be used as a control room for robotics.
Author: Tim Woodcock, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
The Calshot RNLI lifeboats were called out three times this weekend – once on Saturday 28 November, when both boats were needed to assist a grounded yacht on the Brambles Bank, and to two separate incidents on Sunday 29 November.
Author: Malcolm Kelly, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
Peel lifeboat was launched yesterday, Saturday 28 November, at 4pm to give assistance to a rigid inflatable boat that had broken down with clutch failure.
Six to eight knots North Easterly was not enough for PRO Jerry Rollin to
gamble on sending the racers on a island course, so he opted on keeping
them together and running windward / leeward races to seaward of Kata
Beach. This proved to be a good opportunity for crews to familiarize
themselves with the boat and pull together as a team. Everyone was eager
to get going and some a little to eager, employing barging tactics and
being over the line early, will have to work on their time and distance
study. Several red protest flags were seen flying, so the final result
may not be known till late into the night. Less wind on the northern
course meant a short delay before PRO Ross Chisholm sent the
cruiser/racers on a passage race up along the west coast beaches and
*Ras Al Khaimah, UAE - (2009-11-30)*
Alinghi, Defender of the 33rd America's Cup, is proud to announce Swiss digital
security company WISeKey as a team sponsor for its defence of sport's oldest
trophy in 2010. This is the second of the team's main partners to be signed
since the launch of Alinghi 5 in July 2009.
Ras Al Khaimah EUA 30 09 2009 ALINGHI 5 arriving to Ras Al Khaimah Photo: Carlo Borlenghi/Alinghi
LONG BEACH, Calif., Nov. 30, 2009 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced it has
received a $23 million contract from the U.S. Air Force for Phase 2 of the B-1
Laptop Controlled Targeting Pod software upgrade. The upgrade will add
additional capability to the B-1 bomber aircraft's targeting system by
allowing it to more accurately identify both stationary and moving targets.
* Spirit of Australia in stealth mode
* Skippers ponder whether north or south will work out as the best
option for scoring gate
* Hull & Humber's crew count down to departure
Monday, and it's poised to be an exciting start to the week both on and
off the race track.
Hull & Humber will have a long haul to catch up
One of the leading exponents of premium Dutch yachtbuilding, Mulder Shipyard was
established in 1938 by Dirk Mulder senior. With a member of the Mulder family still
at the helm today, the yard can attribute its excellent reputation not only to the
superb custom-built yachts it has launched but also to the classic Super Favorite and
Favorite Superior cruisers. Many of these motoryachts still grace Dutch and
international waters today.
With the festive period fast approaching, Henri Lloyd have put together a
list of suggested products for your loved ones Christmas stockings…
Surf lifesavers and Ironwomen (L-R) Naomi Flood, Liz Pluimers and Courtney Hancock launch the rips safety campaign.
A Newspoll survey has revealed that 96 percent of Australians could not identify a rip current and alarmingly only 15 percent could correctly explain the most effective way to save themselves if caught in a rip current and therefore prevent themselves from drowning.
This follows the 2009 National Coastal Safety Report which identified that rip currents are the most prominent hazard on Australian beaches.