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Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-29-2007 09:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As was begun with STS-120, this thread will provide further details and updates concerning the contents of the STS-122 Official Flight Kit (OFK).

collectSPACE will present the full OFK manifest soon after Atlantis launches, including commentary about the mementos by the crew.

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posted 11-29-2007 09:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
collectSPACE: NASA to launch NASCAR Daytona flags
When the green flag drops at the 50th running of the Daytona 500 on February 17, 2008, it will travel just a few inches. But for the first car crossing the finish line 500 miles later, a different green flag awaits the winner with a few million miles to its history.

In fact, to even come close to matching the distance traveled by that green flag, the driver would need to climb back in his car and repeat the race another 9,000 times.

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Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-25-2007 12:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bayer Advanced release
Bayer Advanced to Put a Rose in Space on January 10, 2008, As Part of the Salute to the Rose Parade

As part of the Bayer Advanced salute to the Rose Parade, the brand is putting a rose in space. A rose named after the Tournament of Roses(R) will be on the January 10, 2008, mission of the NASA space shuttle Atlantis.

The rose was grown in the Bayer Advanced-sponsored Wrigley Gardens at the Tournament of Roses Association headquarters in Pasadena. Bayer Advanced products are used to grow all the roses in the Wrigley Gardens.

The Tournament of Roses rose, which was dried in preparation for the shuttle mission, will be one of the personal items taken into space on STS-122 by astronaut Rex Walheim on behalf of his brother Lance Walheim. Lance Walheim is the Bayer Advanced garden expert and selected many of the roses on the Bayer Advanced float.

"We want to make the Rose Parade's Passport to the World's Celebrations an out-of-this-world celebration," says Bayer Advanced Garden Expert Lance Walheim.

Technical problems delayed the December 6, 2007, launch of the shuttle Atlantis. The rose was going to be featured on the 2008 Bayer Advanced float. It will now be featured on the 2009 Bayer Advanced float.

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posted 12-26-2007 05:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As part of the Bayer Advanced salute to the Rose Parade, the brand is putting a rose in space.
Reading this thread immediately made me think of a Boeing Space Station litho I was given in 1989 when going through Space Academy in Huntsville (apologies for the signature on it, my only copy is signed by Konrad Dannenberg, who was helping teach the class that day). Funny to think that, around 19 years after that image was being used, something like it is happening.

Jay Chladek
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posted 12-26-2007 11:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Talk about weird irony. When the rose flies, it will have a second meaning for the Tani family. A fitting tribute I would say.

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posted 02-11-2008 03:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
cS: 'Columbus' compass' and crew mementos on-board space shuttle Atlantis

When Christopher Columbus left the shores of Spain in 1492, he sailed with the guidance of a compass as he sought a quicker route to the West via the east (unknowingly reaching the New World in the process).

Five hundred years later, Columbus is still traveling with a compass, though the direction of discovery has changed.

Robert Pearlman
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The Tournament of Roses rose, which was dried in preparation for the shuttle mission, will be one of the personal items taken into space on STS-122 by astronaut Rex Walheim on behalf of his brother Lance Walheim.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-12-2008 08:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Our article about the STS-122 Official Flight Kit got a bit of a mention this morning during an in-flight press event with KGO-TV and crew members Steve Frick, Stan Love, Rex Walheim and Leland Melvin.
An ABC affiliate out of San Francisco, KGO's reporter asked: "I was reading SPACE.com* last night about some of the personal items astronauts take into space, that's quite an array. Is there any way any of you could reach what you put in your personal items box. There's a compass,** there's a meteorite... anything else odd that we need to know or that you can show us and explain why?"

Steve Frick responded: "Well, that's a good question. I haven't actually seen what is on that list. We are allowed to fly a few small small things for ourselves but that stuff all gets packed away and tucked away in a part of the orbiter that we don't have access to when we fly. Because the parts that we can get at, all the lockers and bags and things, those are full of things we actually need for the mission. The orbiter has a good deal of room but we pack in as much as we can to do the mission and make sure we get everything done. So those things that aren't generally mission specific are generally tucked away into a locker. We can't really get at them on flight."

KGO-TV: So you won't really be using that compass, then?

Frick: A compass wouldn't do us all that much good up here but we have a great navigation system and the folks on the ground are always watching us real close to make sure we are pointed in the right direction.

* cS articles are syndicated on SPACE.com, among other sites.

** There is no compass aboard. The reference to the compass was to the shape of the crew's patch as described by Walheim.

Robert Pearlman
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KVAL-TV: Eugene native soars into space with local school memento
A Eugene native soared into space and took the heart of one local elementary school along for the ride.

Stan Love sat in the middeck of the shuttle Atlantis, while students from his former elementary school watched from seats in their gymnasium.

Love's afternoon launch was a success, even after forecasters predicted weather conditions wouldn't be in NASA's favor.

A little piece of each of student is traveling with Love while he orbits. Last year, Love contacted Crest Drive Elementary School and invited them to send a memento he could take with him on the mission.

The kids created a flag with their pictures on it.

"I thought it was exciting, and I'm happy that a picture of me is going to go up in space," said 10-year-old Hannah Moyer.

From collectSPACE's interview with Stan Love, a bonus excerpt that didn't make it into our article:
I sent an e-mail to the principal a few months ago, saying 'Hey, I get to fly in space and I get to take a few officially sanctioned items usually from schools and institutions I've worked with, and would you like to send something?' and he just about fell all over himself. I guess one of the students' dads can make these big thin silk banners with images on them. So he made this big banner, three by five feet with photographs of every child in the elementary school and that's going in my OFK. I hope I will have a chance to go back to Eugene and hand it back to the school in-person. I think they will get a kick out of that.
According to an earlier article that cited the principal of the elementary school, when the flag is returned, each child's photo will be cut from the banner and given to each as a space-flown souvenir.

Robert Pearlman
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NASA release
NASA to Host Daytona 500 Media Day at Kennedy Space Center

In honor of NASA's 50th anniversary and the 50th running of NASCAR's Daytona 500 in February, NASA's Kennedy Space Center will host a media day Tuesday, June 17, starting at 11:30 a.m. EDT. The event will include the winner of this year's race, Ryan Newman.

During the event, NASA will present NASCAR with two green racing flags that were flown last February aboard space shuttle Atlantis' STS-122 mission to the International Space Station. One flag will be given to Newman, the second will be presented to Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig. A third flag that was flown will be kept by NASA for public display.

At the event, Newman will drive the crawler-transporter, the huge tracked vehicle that carries space shuttles to the launch pad. The flag presentation ceremony will be at Launch Pad 39A.

Robert Pearlman
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On Pad 39A, Janet Petro, Kennedy Space Center's deputy center director, presents 2008 Daytona 500 winner Ryan Newman one of the racing flags flown last February aboard space shuttle Atlantis' STS-122 mission to the International Space Station. Behind him, at right, is the Daytona International Speedway show car.

Newman was visiting Kennedy in honor of NASA's 50th anniversary and the 50th running of NASCAR's Daytona 500 in February.

NASA presented Newman two green racing flags. One flag was given to Newman, the second was presented to Daytona 500 Experience General Manager Kim Isemann. A third flag that was flown will be kept by NASA for public display.

The connection between NASA and Daytona's International Speedway extends beyond their close proximity to one another. During recent years, technology developed for the space program has found many uses on Earth, including helping NASCAR drivers stay safe and increase performance.

Newman sits behind the wheel of a crawler-transporter at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Unlike his winning race car, the maximum speed of a crawler is 2 mph unloaded.

Jay Chladek
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posted 07-03-2008 03:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wonder if NASA has ever tried running both crawlers nose to tail to see if they could get a draft off of them to help increase fuel mileage? I also hope Ryan didn't try to do donuts with one of them.

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