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Space station now at full length, full power (Now looks like Reagans Space Station Freedom)
collectspace.com/ ^ | March 20, 2009

Posted on 03/21/2009 1:56:32 PM PDT by Names Ash Housewares

March 20, 2009 — Spanning the length of a football field (including the end zones) and weighing approximately the same as a loaded space shuttle orbiter, the International Space Station's (ISS) integrated truss, or backbone, was completed in orbit this week after nine years of assembly.

"We're the largest space structure in all of history and it is really amazing to be on-board," exclaimed ISS Expedition 18 commander Mike Fincke on the morning after the final piece of the truss was attached.

The 356-foot, girder-like truss supports the station's living modules and laboratories, as well as eight 115-foot solar array wings that generate as much electricity as would be needed to power 42 2,800 square foot homes.

"It is just a remarkable accomplishment for the NASA team, as well as for Boeing, which designed and built this integrated truss assembly," commented Dan Hartman, NASA's manager for the integration and operations of the space station.

(Excerpt) Read more at collectspace.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News
KEYWORDS: iss; nasa; reagan; shuttlediscovery; spacestation
When Discovery undocks, and the pictures start coming down of the new solar array in place, the ISS will have taken on the appearanch of so many of the early arists renderings of Space Station Freedom that Ronald Reagan announced in 1984.

It is impossible for me to not think of President Reagan at this time.

"We can follow our dreams to distant stars, living and working in space for peaceful economic and scientific gain". -President Ronald Wilson Reagan 1984

This station will always be known to many of us as "Freedom".

Thank you President Reagan, it was a long road to get to this point, many twists and turns, and international partners added, and more challenges to go to be sure. I know you would be proud of America's resolve to lead on the frontiers.

The nations that lead on the frontiers, dictate the course of human history.

1 posted on 03/21/2009 1:56:32 PM PDT by Names Ash Housewares
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To: Names Ash Housewares
Click this link http://www.tietronix.com/anim/MoviePlayer.asp?myMovie=movies/assembly640x360.swf for an animated look at the piece by piece assembly of the ISS. It's an amazing accomplishment.
2 posted on 03/21/2009 2:06:22 PM PDT by SunTzuWu
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To: Names Ash Housewares
May God bless the memory of Ronald Reagan. He restored the American spirit, regained the respect of our allies & the fear of our enemies, and defeated Soviet-style communism. And now Star Wars and the ISS are realities. Big dreams and setting high standards produce results. The small thinking of the Marxist usurper who currently occupies the White House will be tossed upon the ash heap of history.
3 posted on 03/21/2009 2:07:41 PM PDT by twister881
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To: Names Ash Housewares
I still wish they could have continued with funding for the inflatable TransHab:

Now that would represent a major break-through in manned space operations!

4 posted on 03/21/2009 2:08:50 PM PDT by Yossarian (Everyday, somewhere on the globe, somebody is pushing the frontier of stupidity...)
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To: SunTzuWu

“It’s an amazing accomplishment.”

Agreed.
Perhaps greater then anything humanity has ever built.

Folks, be sure to try to see the station sometime soon...

Just put in your location here.

http://www.heavens-above.com/

Some passes it is very very bright, imposssible to miss.


5 posted on 03/21/2009 2:11:34 PM PDT by Names Ash Housewares (Refusing to kneel before the socialist messiah. 1-20-13 Freedom Day.)
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To: twister881

Agreed.

The spirit of Ronald Reagan is still with us.

And we need to remember that during these times, and if we need reminders, just look up and watch the brightest “star” in the sky pass over.


6 posted on 03/21/2009 2:13:04 PM PDT by Names Ash Housewares (Refusing to kneel before the socialist messiah. 1-20-13 Freedom Day.)
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To: Names Ash Housewares

Sorry, but the space station exists to give the shuttle something to do and the shuttle exist to build the space station.

Really, what does the space station provide, even to space exploration.


7 posted on 03/21/2009 2:14:05 PM PDT by GreyMountainReagan (Liberals do not view the book 1984 as a warning but as a instruction manual.)
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To: twister881

Space Station Freedom

This was intended to be the final form of Reagan's space station. Note the assemblies at the end of the booms. These were solar dynamic power generators of novel design, well along in development at one time, but never completed, built, or deployed.

8 posted on 03/21/2009 2:18:44 PM PDT by Evil Slayer (Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war)
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To: Names Ash Housewares

The NASA channel would get a lot more people watching the ISS coverage if the female astronauts would wear uniforms like they have in the first Sar Trek series.


9 posted on 03/21/2009 2:26:05 PM PDT by Wissa (I despise the liberal media.)
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To: Yossarian

They did keep funding the inflatable space hab after a manner. They handed it off to a private firm and loaned them use of NASA personnel and gave them use of all the patents. Two test articles are flying right now with the follow on habitable module going up possibly next year. Google up Bigelow Aerospace for more info.


10 posted on 03/21/2009 2:28:55 PM PDT by saganite (What would Sully do?)
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To: Names Ash Housewares

Sorry, but the ISS is not space station Freedom. It’s in a Russian orbit for crying out loud.


11 posted on 03/21/2009 2:32:32 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: markman46; AntiKev; wastedyears; ALOHA RONNIE; RightWhale; anymouse; Brett66; SunkenCiv; ...

12 posted on 03/21/2009 2:34:19 PM PDT by KevinDavis (No one should question our "Dear Leader"!)
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To: Moonman62

Sorry, but no “Buzz Killingtons” can succeed today. :P


13 posted on 03/21/2009 2:36:11 PM PDT by Names Ash Housewares (Refusing to kneel before the socialist messiah. 1-20-13 Freedom Day.)
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To: Names Ash Housewares

read later


14 posted on 03/21/2009 2:46:03 PM PDT by LiteKeeper (Beware of socialism in America; the Islamization of Eurabia)
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To: GreyMountainReagan

Space station exists to learn to live, construct and function in space long term.

You cannot do that on the ground.

I am in no mood to debate it today.
Simply to celebrate this day as a milestone.


16 posted on 03/21/2009 2:49:15 PM PDT by Names Ash Housewares (Refusing to kneel before the socialist messiah. 1-20-13 Freedom Day.)
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To: GreyMountainReagan
A Paradigm shift is called for. NASA is a scientific and engineering operations. If we are going to "commercialize space" then we need to draw from the business and marketing majors.

For example, a senator’s NASA coordinator told me,, that NASA intends to call the ISS a "Research Lab". Sounds like Byrd Station in Antarctica. Doesn't sound commercial.

Call the ISS a "truck stop" on the Earth Lunar highway and now a different mindset is established. Now fly the External Tanks into orbit instead of throwing them away. They would be built and paid for by Exxon Mobile which would be the tank farm at the truckstop. Additional Tanks would carry the excess fuel to the tank farm and then become the strip mall for the small businesses that surround a truck stop. Maintenance sheds means that a Fedex space truck could buy fuel, travel up to that Dish satellite that's not working and return it to the "tank" at the truck stop which is a maintenance shop. Fix or update the satellite and return it to geosynchronus orbit, (the delta v is much less that a new satellite being launched from the ground). Give entrepreneurs a chance and they'll get us there.

The expandable space habs would increase the size of the sleping acilities so the space truck drivers would have a place to sleep before their next trip

The Cargo Vehicles to be used for the Earth Lunar highway would be funded by FEDEX, UPS or Greyhound depending on what they’re carrying.

The lunar truck stop would have the same makeup and the lander/launcher for Lunar surface to Lunar orbit could be owned by SW Airlines or Delta or whomever.

This concept should be expanded using standard entrepreneurial models and the likes of Gates, Rogers, Allen, Bigelow, Musk and Rutan and his fellow aerospace weenies!

Provide a 105% tax credit for any company that invests in space and guess what the truck stop will be up and running in no time

17 posted on 03/21/2009 2:50:02 PM PDT by Young Werther (Julius Caesar (Quae Cum Ita Sunt. Since these things are so.))
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To: Wissa
The NASA channel would get a lot more people watching the ISS coverage if the female astronauts would wear uniforms like they have in the first Star Trek series.

In zero gravity with those outfits? LOL

18 posted on 03/21/2009 2:53:45 PM PDT by Evil Slayer (Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war)
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To: Names Ash Housewares
Been watching it go overhead the last few nights. Just a big bright star...but very cool.
19 posted on 03/21/2009 3:06:40 PM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (I hear the words of Jefferson louder and louder as each day passes)
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To: GreyMountainReagan
Sorry, but the space station exists to give the shuttle something to do and the shuttle exist to build the space station.

Now that construction is finished, it's time to move the ISS to a more useful place, such as lunar orbit.

20 posted on 03/21/2009 4:31:50 PM PDT by BlazingArizona
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To: aflaak

ping to iss sighting opportunities


21 posted on 03/21/2009 4:41:17 PM PDT by r-q-tek86 (The U.S. Constitution may be flawed, but it's a whole lot better than what we have now)
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Spanning the length of a football field (including the end zones) and weighing approximately the same as a loaded space shuttle orbiter, the International Space Station's (ISS) integrated truss, or backbone, was completed in orbit this week after nine years of assembly. "We're the largest space structure in all of history and it is really amazing to be on-board," exclaimed ISS Expedition 18 commander Mike Fincke on the morning after the final piece of the truss was attached. The 356-foot, girder-like truss supports the station's living modules and laboratories, as well as eight 115-foot solar array wings that generate as much electricity as would be needed to power 42 2,800 square foot homes.
Now, by way of mischievous contrast let's check out this: [snip] Skylab was the first US space station and the world's first big space station. It was launched on May 14th, 1973 by a Saturn V Rocket... Structure Weight: 91 metric ton (100-ton); Height: 36 metres (118 feet); Diamater: 6.7 metres (22 feet); ...Orbital Mass: 77,088kg; Habitable Volume: 283 cubic metres (10,000 cubic feet) [end]
22 posted on 03/21/2009 4:56:44 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: Moonman62
Sorry, but the ISS is not space station Freedom. It’s in a Russian orbit for crying out loud.

It's sorry that so many have forgotten or ignored why the ISS is in an orbit convenient for Russia. One of Russia's big contributions to the station is that they provide most of the consumable supplies, like food and oxygen. The craft that bring those supplies up also provide the periodic orbit boost the station requires.

23 posted on 03/21/2009 5:22:17 PM PDT by jimtorr
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To: jimtorr

Nobody’s forgotten anything. The Russians should not be allowed to touch our space station, and it should be in a lower inclination orbit. The Russians are testing our air defenses with their bombers, threatening to base bombers in Cuba, flying military jets over our navy, and knocking our satellites out of orbit. Fat lot of good all that touchy feely crap has done.


24 posted on 03/21/2009 6:18:53 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Moonman62

“Sorry, but the ISS is not space station Freedom. It’s in a Russian orbit for crying out loud.”

Sorry, but there’s no cyring in the exploration of space. That’s the first community to orbit the earth. It’s a myth that the ISS is not a mobile platform........
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25 posted on 03/21/2009 6:20:10 PM PDT by equaviator ("There's a (datum) plane on the horizon coming in...see it?')
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To: equaviator

The money wasted on the ISS could much better be used on other projects for the exploration of space.


26 posted on 03/21/2009 6:52:40 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Moonman62

And you’ve “been there, done that”?


27 posted on 03/21/2009 7:58:13 PM PDT by equaviator ("There's a (datum) plane on the horizon coming in...see it?')
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To: KevinDavis

Montrose - Space Station Number 5

Start, with the sun
And move on out
The future’s in the skies above
The heavens unfold
And a new star is born
Space and time makin’ love

Chorus:
Oh what a time we had
Living on the ground
I’ve moved to station #5
See you next time around,
Next time aournd

As far you want, as close as you need
It’s all in the mind, you know
This old world hasn’t really seen it’s day
It’s here, time to go

Chorus

Remember when it was so clear
We were young, but the memory still remains
To pick fruit from a tree
Fish from the seas
Now nothing’s left here, but the stains
Well I can’t cry no more
Can only be glad
There’s other places we can be
If the time suits you right
I’m leaving tonight
Come fly away
With me!
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
Oh, yeah
Start, with the sun
And move on out
The future’s in the skies above
The heavens unfold
A new star is born
Space and time makin’ love
Chorus


28 posted on 03/22/2009 2:10:49 PM PDT by wastedyears (April 21st, 2009 - International Iron Maiden Day)
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To: Moonman62; All

Like what???? More robotic missions???


29 posted on 03/22/2009 2:33:01 PM PDT by KevinDavis (No one should question our "Dear Leader"!)
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To: SunTzuWu; Names Ash Housewares
I have never been a big fan of the space station, but watching that video gives me new respect for those who planned the logistics of its assembly. A space station just can't be built any old way, it still needs to be controlled, and for it to be controllable in as any configurations as it has gone through takes a lot of planning and foresight.

For many years, the astronauts aboard the ISS were condemned to be mere housekeepers, without the time or equipment to perform and useful science or engineering tasks. Hopefully that has ended and we can get some return on the effort.

30 posted on 03/22/2009 6:01:41 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Evil Slayer
I actually worked on the early design of the solar dynamic power modules back in 1988-89. Prototypes were actually built and tested. But it was determined that they didn't need all that power on then Space Station Freedom, so it was dropped from the program. What a shortsighted decision.

The “ball and truss” structure was also designed, built and tested on orbit in the space shuttle payload bay, but it too was dropped.

Both technologies should be restarted and used to create solar power satellites to beam power down to Earth. The technology is proven. The question is whether it would be cost effective. But that doesn't seem to be a barrier with the current Administration and Congress.

31 posted on 03/23/2009 9:51:36 AM PDT by anymouse (God didn't write this sitcom we call life, he's just the critic.)
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To: Yossarian
I still wish they could have continued with funding for the inflatable TransHab

Actually I'm glad that NASA isn't funding Transhab. Rather that Bigelow Aerospace is not only funding Transhab inflatable space stations, they have actually flown in space 2 prototypes that have been functioning flawlessly for a couple of years now.

They also are working on flying a manned inflatable "space hotel" soon. All on private funds.

32 posted on 03/23/2009 9:56:10 AM PDT by anymouse (God didn't write this sitcom we call life, he's just the critic.)
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