NASA Webcast Connects Students with Astronauts, New Hubble Images

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WASHINGTON — NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and space shuttle
astronauts will participate in live education webcasts on Sept. 8 at
2 p.m. EDT and Sept. 10 at 1 p.m.

On Sept. 8, students will hear insights from Bolden, young agency
professionals, and STS-128 mission astronauts Jose M. Hernandez and
John D. Olivas about the challenges and successes of their exciting
NASA careers.

On Sept. 10, Bolden will join astronauts from the STS-125 Hubble Space
Telescope servicing mission to discuss the flight and newly released
images from the observatory. Commander Scott Altman, Shuttle Pilot
Greg (Ray J) Johnson and Program Scientist Eric Smith will

Webcasts are produced free of charge by the NASA Digital Learning
Network. NASA uses the network’s capabilities to deliver unique
content by linking students and educators with agency experts. The
program provides interactive educational experiences for students and
teachers from kindergarten through college across the country and
around the world.

To view the webcasts on Sept. 8 and 10, visit:

For information about NASA’s education programs, visit:

NASA Briefings to Unveil Hubble’s New Observations

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WASHINGTON — NASA will hold news briefings at 11 a.m. and noon EDT
Wednesday, Sept. 9, to release and discuss the first images from the
newly refurbished Hubble Space Telescope. NASA Television and the
agency’s Web site will provide live coverage of the briefings from
NASA Headquarters in Washington.

Space shuttle Atlantis’ STS-125 mission upgraded the telescope in May
with state-of-the-art science instruments, leaving it more powerful
than ever and extending its life into the next decade.

Charlie Bolden, NASA administrator and pilot of space shuttle
Discovery on the STS-31 mission that launched Hubble in 1990, will
join U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., in the unveiling of the
Hubble images during the 11 a.m. briefing. A panel of scientists then
will discuss Hubble’s new and refurbished instruments and the images
they produced.

The participants are:
— Ed Weiler, associate administrator, Science Mission Directorate at
NASA Headquarters
— Bob O’Connell, chair of the science oversight committee for the
Wide Field Camera 3 at the University of Virginia
— James Green, the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph principal investigator
at the University of Colorado
— David Leckrone, senior project scientist for Hubble at NASA’s
Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
— Heidi Hammel, senior research scientist at the Space Science
Institute in Boulder, Colo.

The briefings will be held in the James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium,
300 E St. S.W., Washington. Reporters also may ask questions from
participating NASA locations by phone. To reserve a phone line,
journalists should send an e-mail to J.D. Harrington at with their name, media affiliation and
telephone number.

The second briefing immediately follows at noon. The STS-125
astronauts will discuss how they enabled Hubble’s new capabilities
during their historic servicing mission.

Scott Altman commanded Atlantis’ crew, which included Pilot Gregory C.
Johnson and Mission Specialists Andrew Feustel, Michael Good, John
Grunsfeld, Megan McArthur and Mike Massimino.

For more information about NASA TV downlinks and streaming video,

For more information about Hubble, visit:

Tandem Lunar Observations Failed

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By Frank Morring, Jr.

The premature loss of India’s Chandrayaan-1 lunar orbiter on Aug. 29 was a blow not only to the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), but also to lunar scientists who had just started using its U.S.-provided synthetic aperture radar in conjunction with a similar unit on NASA’s new Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) for bistatic observations aimed at finding water ice at the moon’s poles….

Tandem Lunar Observations Failed

US Airways Union Seeks Pension Probe

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By Darren Shannon

US Airways’ pilot union is attempting to wrest control of a defined benefit pension plan from a U.S. government agency, claiming that its request for an investigation of investments is being ignored….
US Airways Union Seeks Pension Probe

Lufthansa Completes Austrian Takeover

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Jens Flottau

Lufthansa today finally took control of Austrian Airlines closing a deal that has been pending for nine months.

Following all European Commission approvals, the airline bought a share in excess of 90% of Austrian and is expected to take over the remaining shares from small stockholders as a result of a squeeze-out process. Depending on Austrian’s financial performance, the deal could cost Lufthansa up to 362 million euros (US$514 million)….

Lufthansa Completes Austrian Takeover

U.S. Rethinks Nuclear Strategy

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Bill Sweetman/Omaha, Neb.

The Obama administration’s Quadrennial Defense Review and a parallel review of U.S. nuclear posture could give the go-ahead to two long-debated programs: a next-generation missile-launching submarine (SSBN) and a new nuclear warhead. If so, it will be a relief to nuclear insiders who worry that the topic of deterrence has been ignored for too long in the U.S., while nations like France, the U.K., Russia and China outpace U.S. modernization plans….
U.S. Rethinks Nuclear Strategy

Sense-And-Avoid System Planned For UAVs

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By Graham Warwick

Northrop Grumman is developing a common autonomous airborne sense-and-avoid system for both the U.S. Air Force RQ-4B Global Hawk high-altitude long-endurance unmanned aircraft and its U.S. Navy RQ-4N Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) derivative….

Sense-And-Avoid System Planned For UAVs

Helo Community Reacts To Safety Board

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George Larson

While leaders within the helicopter community found few surprises in the NTSB recommendations regarding civil medevac operations, some were taken aback by one directed to federal Medicare and Medicaid services, and questioned the timeframe of others….

Helo Community Reacts To Safety Board

Spacewalkers Set To Finish Replacing Tank

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Frank Morring, Jr.

Astronauts Danny Olivas and Christer Fuglesang were set to finish replacing a spent ammonia-coolant tank on the International Space Station (ISS) late Sept. 3 EDT in the second of three extravehicular activities (EVAs) of the STS-128 mission on the shuttle Discovery….

Spacewalkers Set To Finish Replacing Tank