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Apollo 15: In the Mountains of the Moon
The voyage of Apollo 15 took man to the Hadley Rille area of the moon. Astronauts Dave Scott and Jim Irwin explored the region using a lunar rover, while Al Worden remained in orbit conducting observations. "Apollo 15: In the Mountains of the Moon" is a NASA film looking back at the 1971 flight.


Skylab's first 40 days
Skylab, America's first space station, began with crippling problems created by an incident during its May 1973 launch. High temperatures and low power conditions aboard the orbital workshop forced engineers to devise corrective measures quickly. Astronauts Pete Conrad, Paul Weitz and Joe Kerwin flew to the station and implemented the repairs, rescuing the spacecraft's mission. This film tells the story of Skylab's first 40 days in space.


Jupiter flyby preview
NASA's New Horizons space probe will fly past Jupiter in late February, using the giant planet's gravity as a sling-shot to bend the craft's trajectory and accelerate toward Pluto and the Kuiper Belt. Mission officials describe the science to be collected during the Jupiter encounter during this briefing.


Supplies arrive at ISS
The 24th Russian Progress resupply ship sent to the International Space Station successfully makes the final approach and docking to the Pirs module of the outpost while running on automated controls.

 Rendezvous | Docking

Interview with teacher Barbara Morgan
Barbara Morgan, the former Idaho school teacher who served as Christa McAuliffe's backup for the Teacher in Space program, sits down for this NASA interview. As NASA's first Educator Astronaut, Morgan will be a mission specialist and robot arm operator during shuttle Endeavour's STS-118 flight to the space station, targeted for launch in June.


The Flight of Sigma 7
On October 3, 1962, Wally Schirra became the fifth American to rocket into space. This NASA film entitled "The Flight of Sigma 7" explains the 9-hour voyage that gained important knowledge in the Mercury program.


STS-109: Extending Hubble's life and reach
The fourth servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope extended the craft's scientific potential with an advanced camera and performed a major overhaul on the orbiting observatory's power system with the installation of new solar arrays and an electrical heart. The crew of space shuttle Columbia's STS-109 mission tell the story of the March 2002 mission in this post-flight highlights film.


Shuttle: A Remarkable Flying Machine
"Space Shuttle: A Remarkable Flying Machine" is a NASA movie that takes you inside the first voyage of the space shuttle program. Commander John Young and pilot Bob Crippen flew Columbia in April 1981, opening a new era in American space exploration.


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Crew set for Japanese lab, Canadian robotics mission
Posted: January 30, 2007

WASHINGTON - NASA has assigned the crew for space shuttle mission STS-123. The flight will deliver both the first component of the Japanese Experiment Module Kibo and the new Canadian Dextre robotics system to the International Space Station.

Navy Capt. Dominic L. Gorie will command the Space Shuttle Endeavour on the STS-123 mission, targeted for launch in December 2007. Air Force Col. Gregory H. Johnson will serve as the pilot. Mission specialists will include NASA astronauts Richard M. Linnehan; Air Force Maj. Robert L. Behnken; and Navy Capt. Michael J. Foreman. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Takao Doi also will serve as a mission specialist. The mission will deliver a new station crew member to the complex and return another to Earth. Those individuals will be announced at a later date.

Foreman had been assigned to the STS-120 shuttle mission but has been reassigned to STS-123. Astronaut Stephanie Wilson, who flew on last year's STS-121 mission, will replace Foreman as a mission specialist on STS-120, targeted for launch in September 2007.

STS-123 is the first in a series of flights that will launch components to complete the Kibo laboratory. The mission also will deliver the Canadian Space Agency's Dextre robotic system, a smaller manipulator equipped with two arms and designed to work with Canadarm2 to perform finer maintenance tasks that normally would be accomplished with spacewalks by astronauts on the International Space Station. The mission will include four spacewalks to install the new hardware.

STS-123 will be the fourth spaceflight for Gorie and Linnehan, the second spaceflight for Doi and the first spaceflight for Johnson, Behnken and Foreman.

Gorie flew as the pilot of STS-91 in 1998 and STS-99 in 2000. One year later, he commanded STS-108. He was born in Lake Charles, La., and graduated from Miami Palmetto High School, Miami, Fla. Gorie has a bachelor's from the Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., and a master's from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He was selected as an astronaut in 1994.

Johnson was selected as an astronaut in 1998. He was born in South Ruislip, Middlesex, United Kingdom, but graduated from Park Hills High School in Fairborn, Ohio. Johnson has a bachelor's from the Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., and master's degrees from Columbia University, New York, and from the University of Texas, Austin.

Linnehan flew on STS-78 in 1996 and STS-90 in 1998. During STS-109 in 2002, he performed three spacewalks to service the Hubble Space Telescope. Linnehan was born in Lowell, Mass. He has a bachelor's from the University of New Hampshire, Durham, N.H., and doctorate in veterinary medicine from Ohio State University, Columbus.

Selected as an astronaut in 2000, Behnken considers St. Ann, Mo., his hometown. He has a bachelor's from Washington University, St. Louis, and a master's and a doctorate from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif.

Foreman considers Wadsworth, Ohio, his hometown and was selected as an astronaut in 1998. Foreman has a bachelor's from the Naval Academy and a master's from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif.

Doi was born in Minamitama, Tokyo. He first flew on STS-87 in 1997, a mission during which he became the first Japanese astronaut to conduct a spacewalk. Doi has a bachelor's, a master's and a doctorate in aerospace engineering from the University of Tokyo. He also has a doctorate in astronomy from Rice University, Houston.

Assigned to STS-120, Wilson is a Massachusetts native. She operated both the station and shuttle robotic arms during the STS-121 mission and oversaw the transfer of more than 28,000 pounds of gear between the shuttle and station. Wilson has a bachelor's from Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., and a master's from the University of Texas, Austin.



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