How Hill Centre seeks new Director

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How Hill, the environmental education centre based around a spectacular Edwardian House in the most beautiful part of the Norfolk Broads is looking for a new Director to replace the present incumbent who is retiring after 27 years.

The Centre offers residential courses for primary school children and adults and is planning to expand the range of activities and events offered.

The Trustees are seeking expressions of interest from suitable candidates and details of the Trust can be found at www.how-hill.org.uk.

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Space Shuttle Endeavour Returns to Earth for Final Time Wednesday

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Space shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to return to Earth for the final time on Wednesday, June 1, completing a 16-day mission to outfit the International Space Station. If Endeavour lands Wednesday, it will have spent 299 days in space and traveled more than 122.8 million miles during its 25 flights. It launched on its first mission on May 7, 1992.

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Endeavour Flight Control System Checks Out

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Mon, 30 May 2011 22:40:46 -0500

Space shuttle Endeavour’s astronauts performed a checkout of the orbiter’s flight control surfaces. This standard day-before-entry test provides assurance to the crew and Mission Control that Endeavour’s elevons and speed brake will provide control once the shuttle enters the atmosphere for Wednesday’s 2:35 a.m. EST landing.

The crew will “hotfire” Endeavour’s Reaction Control System thruster jets to verify their ability to steer the shuttle through its entry profile before it encounters the atmosphere.

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Endeavour’s Crew Awake to Begin Flight Day 16

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Mon, 30 May 2011 18:02:42 -0500

The crew of space shuttle Endeavour woke at 6:57 p.m. EDT to the song “Dreams You Give,” written and performed by Brian Plunkett and played for the entire crew. Plunkett, who is from Halfway, Mo., placed second in NASA’s original song contest. The video for “Dreams you Give” is at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evry9loMlu4.

The contest received 1,350 entries for consideration, and NASA selected 10 songs as finalists. From March 29 through May 16, the public cast 1,581,531 votes for their favorite song. More details about the contest are at https://songcontest.nasa.gov/voteOrigResult.aspx.

Today the crew will check out the flight and reaction control systems and prepare for their return to Earth.

At 9:06 p.m., Endeavour’s crew members will talk to reporters from ABC News, CBS, CNN, NBC News and Fox News Radio. At 12:26 a.m., the crew will pay tribute to Endeavour on its final voyage.

The mission status briefing will be at 5 a.m.

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Docked One Last Time

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Backdropped by a night time view of the Earth and the starry sky, the Space Shuttle Endeavour is photographed docked at the International Space Station on May 28, 2011. The STS-134 astronauts left the station the next day on May 29, after delivering the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer and performing four spacewalks during Endeavour’s final mission.

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NASA, Lockheed Martin & Ball Aerospace Team Complete On-Orbit Orion MPCV Navigation System Test During STS-134 Shuttle Mission

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DENVER, May 30, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ —

In an unprecedented on-orbit maneuver, Commander Mark Kelly completed the first ever Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV)-like approach to the International Space Station at 3:24 a.m. CDT today as part of the Sensor Test for Orion Relative Navigation Risk Mitigation (STORRM). The orbital rendezvous verified the successful operation of the MPCV’s next generation docking sensor, which NASA has identified as a critical technology needed for future space exploration missions.

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Sawadee.com Regatta – Race Report 1

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Close racing despite variable conditions…
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May 30th: All the worries yesterday about wind in the morning were answered when 10 knots from the South saw the fleet briskly away on windward/leeward courses. Although as the overcast sky lifted the breeze started to fade as Race 1 was coming to conclusion and the 12 o’clock WindGURU bewitching hour was fast approaching. As the wind became unstable and started to clock around there was a lengthy two hour wait before the race committee could get Race 2 underway. All skippers were keen to get going and the crowded starting line in Division 1 & 2 would determine the tactics on the upwind leg.

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