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The crew of space shuttle Endeavour is set for tomorrow's scheduled launch to the International Space Station on mission STS-126 to equip the outpost with extra kit for its intended expansion to accommodate six full-time residents. The Endeavour STS-126 crew. Pic: NASA Aboard Endeavour for tomorrow's lift-off at 19:55 EST ( …


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  1. FlatSpot

    Space Maintenance

    "Four spacewalks are also on the agenda, aimed at servicing the joints which rotate the ISS's solar arrays."

    Big can of WD40 and a smack with a hammer??? :)

  2. Jimmy Floyd

    A bit of fashion sense, please

    That's all very well, but you'd think with the vast resources available to NASA that they would be able to buy some new spacesuits instead of using Tintin's hand-me-downs:

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Good to see NASA training covers everything ...

    "Sandra Magnus will remain on the station, relieving Gregory E Chamitoff"

    Lucky old Gregory ...

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @ vast budget comment


    "As seen in the year-by-year breakdown listed above, the total amounts (in real dollars) that NASA has been budgeted from 1958 to 2008 amounts to $592.380 billion dollars -- an average of $11.847 billion per year. According to the Office of Management and Budget and the Air Force Almanac, when measured in real terms (Meaning: if the value of $1.00 at today's rate equaled the value of $1.00 in 1958), the figure is $810.459 billion, or an average of $16.290 billion dollars per year over its fifty year history.

    For comparison, the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars have cost U.S. taxpayers approximately $604 billion over the past seven years vs. the entire fifty year history of NASA expenditures.[2][3]

    NASA's current FY 2008 budget of $17.318 billion represents about 0.6% of the $2.9 trillion United States federal budget."

    Try comparing that with their cowboy games budget which is close to a trillion:

    It's not pocket change for me either, but sure is nothing compared to the US budget or even the defence budget alone.

  5. Del Merritt

    Re: Big can of WD40 and a smack with a hammer?

    Yes, as it turns out:

  6. Anonymous Coward

    Just to Say...

    I love NASA and Space stories, Please keep us informed of the Space Shuttle, Ares and Orion; Phoenix, Spirit, Opportunity. Post interesting links people!

    Just Saying...

    Mine's the Orange Flight Suit...

  7. Anonymous John

    @ Space Maintenance

    " Big can of WD40 and a smack with a hammer??? :)"

    Don't know about the hammer, but it is a clean and lube job.

    <Sucks teeth> "What cowboy did this? It's gonna cost ya."

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Thumb Up

    re: Good to see ..

    "Lucky old Gregory"

    Beat me too it! Only reason I clicked on the comments page!

    Wonder if it's the clean and lube job that AC@20:01 refers to...

  9. Chris

    If I where flying...

    into space with all the (cough) nasa budget behind me, I would ask that the crew photo where not a photoshoped mess! This is could be one of the last photo's of these people alive, surly nasa could tote them out in front of the actual shuttle to take a snap?

  10. J Welek


    Again, with the brains at NASA, you'd have thought someone could Photoshop that image a little better. Well, a heck of a lot better! Looks like a last entry at a worth1000 contest!!

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