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Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-18-2008 12:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
cS: Space shuttle to return pallet full of history
Its purpose now served, the shipping pallet used to launch and then configure a Canadian two- armed robot for the International Space Station (ISS) will be reinstalled into space shuttle Endeavour's payload bay on Tuesday, in preparation for returning it to Earth.

Modified to support the Canadian Space Agency's Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM), or Dextre robot, this Spacelab Logistics Pallet (SLP) was making its fourth and final flight to space, concluding a long history that can be traced back before the first shuttle left the launch pad.

The pallet is not the only item making the roundtrip from the Earth to the space station and back. Stowed on-board Endeavour's middeck is a collection of soon-to-be space artifacts, ranging from a few hundred mission patches to a celebrity's playbill title page.

This thread will provide further details and updates concerning the contents of the STS-123 Official Flight Kit (OFK) and the crew's personal preference kits.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-18-2008 12:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ohio State University release
Space shuttle Endeavor makes history with first bowtie in space

The space shuttle Endeavor (Mission STS-123) continues to make history this week, with several spacewalks and continued construction of the International Space Station. It also has a little piece of Ohio State, courtesy of alumnus-astronaut Dr. Richard Linnehan.

Linnehan, who earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine from Ohio State in 1985, is NASA's first veterinarian. He is making history in a special way for The Ohio State University: he has a scarlet and gray bowtie owned by university President E. Gordon Gee.

President Gee offered the tie in lieu of agreeing to go himself. Gee assured the audience that he was not interested in space travel, and the tie would have to do!

After the shuttle's return, Dr. Linnehan will present the tie to Dr. Gee in a special commemorative frame. (The date of the presentation has not been chosen.)

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-25-2008 09:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Cabinet: A son's dream finally gets lift-off on shuttle Endeavor
When Paul and Rachel Higgins' 12-year-old son Alex died in 1999, there were many things he never had a chance to do.

Primarily, he would never get the chance to fulfill his dream of becoming the first chef in space and he would never meet Rick Linnehan, the astronaut raised in New Hampshire who would ultimately make Alex's dream of going into space a reality, even if it was only his photo.

Last Tuesday, Paul Higgins watched Linnehan's space shuttle Endeavor lift off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The Bedford man said it was hard to put into words what it was like for him, watching as his son's photo was taken into space.

Linnehan also took a piece of the planetarium's memorabilia up into space with him for this mission -- a button commemorating a groundbreaking ceremony for the Alan Shepard Discovery Center.

MCroft04
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posted 03-25-2008 09:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Priceless!

Robert Pearlman
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Dayton Daily News: Shuttle pilot takes local grocery bag into space
Dorothy Lane officials said astronaut and space shuttle Endeavour Pilot Col. Gregory Johnson -- a Fairborn native -- brought his Dorothy Lane Market's grocery bag with him aboard the flight, which left the earth's atmosphere on March 11.

Dorothy Lane figures its bag traveled 6.5 million miles.

That might be a new record for the program, called A Famous Name in a Famous Place, which encourages loyal DLM customers to send in photographs of themselves holding a Dorothy Lane Market bag in any internationally famous place they visit.

The bags usually visit Disneyworld, the Grand Canyon and Mount Rushmore, but they have also been to the North Pole, Mt. Everest and the Brazilian rain forest.

RMH
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From the Columbus Dispatch:
Ohio State University President Gordon Gee is known for the bow ties around his neck. Now, he's getting one back that's been around the earth.

The school says a bow tie in Ohio State scarlet and gray will be returned to Gee in a special presentation Friday evening, several months after the neck wear flew on the space shuttle Endeavor.

What the university has called "the first bow tie in space" was taken on board a two-week mission to the international space station by Dr. Richard Linnehan. The astronaut received his doctorate in veterinary medicine from Ohio State in 1985.

Gee joked that he offered the tie instead of launching himself into space.

Dr. Linnehan will speak about his experiences on Friday, September 5 at 2 p.m. in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital Auditorium, as part of a Continuing Education workshop for veterinarians. The hour-long talk is free and open to the public.

Robert Pearlman
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American Contract Bridge League release
Astronaut to Present Card Flown in Space

NASA Astronaut, Gregory Johnson, former Pilot of STS-123 Endeavour (March 11-26, 2008) will be attending the upcoming 2009 Spring North American Bridge Championships (NABC) in Houston, and plans to present to the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) an official ACBL Ace of Spades that accompanied him on the STS-123 space flight last year. The STS-123 orbited the earth 250 times, traveling 6.6 million miles in 15 days and 18 hours.

According to Johnson, each astronaut is allowed to fly up to ten items honoring organizations of their choosing. These items are collected, vacuum packed, and documented on the official Space Shuttle manifest. Johnson stated that he flew the ace of spades (from an official ACBL deck of cards) to honor the ACBL and his love of bridge.

Johnson, raised in a bridge playing family, has enjoyed playing the game of bridge for over 30 years and states he truly loves the game and cherishes memories of his parents and grandparents playing rubber bridge late into the night. Johnson began playing duplicate bridge as a new Air Force pilot in 1988 and became a Life Master in 2002, the title regarded as a symbol of expertise by the ACBL.

The ACBL, founded in 1937, is the world's largest bridge organization with 160,000 members who play in 3,200 bridge clubs and 1,100 tournaments throughout North America. The Spring 2009 NABC to be held in Houston, Texas between March 12-22, 2009, is one of three North American tournaments held annually by the ACBL.

Johnson states, "It is an interesting coincidence that the 2009 Houston NABC spans the same days, one year later, of my space flight last year. I am honored to be able to present the card to the ACBL during the first weekend of the tournament."

Johnson will present the Ace of Spades card to Jay Baum, CEO of the ACBL, at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 13th, at the Hilton-Americas Houston, in Houston, Texas, site of the 2009 Spring NABC.

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