STS-129 Astronauts Feted Today; Endeavour Crew Rehearses for STS-130

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

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

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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.

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23rd King’s Cup – AY Race Report 1

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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
back.
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Alinghi announces WISeKey as team sponsor for the 33rd America’s Cup



Ras Al Khaimah EUA 30 09 2009 ALINGHI 5 arriving to Ras Al Khaimah Photo: Carlo Borlenghi/Alinghi

Ras Al Khaimah EUA 30 09 2009 ALINGHI 5 arriving to Ras Al Khaimah Photo: Carlo Borlenghi/Alinghi

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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.

Boeing Receives Follow-on Contract for B-1 Targeting Pod Software Upgrades

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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.
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CLIPPER 09-10: RACE 4 – CAPE TOWN TO GERALDTON, WESTERN AUSTRALIA – DAY 9


Hull & Humber will have a long haul to catch up

Hull & Humber will have a long haul to catch up

* 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.
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Ode to the Favorite Cruiser

01. Mulder Favorite

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.

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96% of Australians unable to spot the number one killer on our beaches

Surf lifesavers and Ironwomen (L-R) Naomi Flood, Liz Pluimers and Courtney Hancock launch the rips safety campaign.

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.

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