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The NASA has the obligation to inform the scientist and people to engage at the same time the public in shaping and sharing the experience of exploration and discovery, while the ISS will be until 2020 a space based research facility . It has made a significant contribution towards understanding the medical implications of long stays in space.  Unfortunately, the orbital platform cost $95 billion, budget cuts and technical delays have made it more of political grandstand, and a destination (justification) for the shuttle program.

Airglow, the Earth's terminator and parts of the Central Pacific Ocean

The 29th expedition to the International Space Station (ISS) gonna finish in the next days. It formally began on September 16, 2011, with the departure from the ISS of the Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft at 00:38 UTC. NASA astronaut Mike Fossum, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Satoshi Furukawa, Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, and engineers Anatoly Ivanishing and Anton Shkaplerov had arrived at the ISS on June 2011, and began their Expedition service at 05:19 pm. The Crew performed three hours of checks before crawling through a hatch and floating, weightless, into the station.

There are a night time video of the Earth taken on October 19 2011 and compiled by a sequence of shots (from 20:53:10 to 21:24:58) who observe places in an oblique view: the mid-Atlantic Ocean between South America and Africa, the Balkan Peninsula, descending to the Solomon Islands in Oceania (near Australia) to see the Aurora Australis, but also the China, the Russia, to finish the video at the North Pole in the middle of the Artic Ocean.

The latest observation on the Arctic temperatures and sea ice should demonstrate there is a harbinger of global climate changes to come, according to a recent NASA study.The old ice become rare in Artic sea ice and it’s absolutely clear it’s the explanation of what’s going on. For example, some areas along the Greenland coast or in Hudson Bay, may appear partially ice-covered when they actually were not.

And, they have also work in the pressurized laboratory mainly dedicated to advanced research and technology experiments. For example, there’s a new space station camera is revealing the cosmic shore, the area between Earth’s atmosphere and the vacuum of space.

Expedition 30 is expected to start in December 2011. Its first three crew members – Dan Burbank, Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoli Ivanishin – will arrive on the ISS aboard Soyuz TMA-22 to join and support the last phase of Expedition 29.

The next vehicle Soyuz TMA-22 will carry his first three crew members of Expedition 30 to the International Space Station, in November 2011. It is expected to start in December 2011. It was originally scheduled to launch in September 2011, but due to the launch failure of the Progress M-12M on 24 August, the launch had been delayed because of the proximity of the space debris, it’s for after November 13 2011_ at the space station Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, which is at the nearest proximity of the space station.

ISS Timelines

Tweets of the astronauts from the space

Mike Fossum
Mike Fossum: Pict of #TAMU campus & #gigem to all my Aggie buddies
Mike Fossum: Enjoy this picture I took #fromspace of the Progress cargo ship burning up after undock on Saturday.
Astro_Satoshi: It’s scheduled to dock the ISS this Wednesday. I’ll help Sergey, Russian fellow, operate its docking.
Astro_Satoshi: Congrats on the successful launch of Progress that carries supplies to the ISS. I was watching its live coverage with Mike and Sergey.
Astro_Satoshi: Here is the pic of Progress after undocking from the ISS. It loaded dust, then burned out upon atmospheric
Astro_Satoshi: Here is the pic of Thailand observed from the ISS. I’ll pray for their speedy recovery from the flood damage.
Astro_Satoshi:Although I finished all the live com events by JAXA, I still have many things to do during my stay. I’ll do my best to the last.
Astro_Satoshi: Yesterday, the last live com event by JAXA was held. I enjoyed talking to the students at Saga Science museun and Takayama village, Gumma.
Dan Burbank
Dan Burbank: Training today w/ Don Pettit & Oleg Kononenko in NASA’s VR lab. Smart people w/ cool tools!
Dan Burbank: is in space right now on Exp 27/28. I launch in Sept on Exp 29/30.



29 Sept. 2011 The Midwestern United States at night with Aurora Borealis is featured in the horizon. The artificial light from human settlements appears everywhere with a characteristic yellow tinge in this photograph. But green light of the Aurora Borealis also appears strongly in this view (top left)—even seeming to be reflected off Earth’s surface—in Canada—beneath the aurora. A small white patch of light is almost certainly lightning from a storm on the East coast (top right).
Rocky Mountains, Denver-Colorado Springs (center-right), Santa Fe-Albuquerque (low-center-right), US Great Plains cities: Dallas-Oklahoma City, Kansas City and Chicago.
It features Central and Eastern Europe, extending from the Netherlands to Hungary and Italy to northern Poland. Overall, the view includes the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Poland, and Hungary. When the photo was taken on Oct 2, 2011, the station was over Corsica at 43.18 degrees north latitude and 9.95 degrees east longitude.
blique view showing the Mediterranean Sea area, including parts of Turkey, the Nile River and the river’s delta, and the Sinai Peninsula, on Oct. 15, 2011. At first look, the image appears to have been photographed in daylight, but actually it was taken at 01:01:26 GMT.
Here’s an oblique view showing the Mediterranean Sea area, including parts of Turkey, the Nile River and the river’s delta, and the Sinai Peninsula, on Oct. 15, 2011. At first look, the image appears to have been photographed in daylight, but actually it was taken at 01:01:26 GMT.
This photograph highlights the trio of coral reef atolls known as Rowley Shoals, located in the southwestern Timor Sea. Three reef areas make up the shoals—extending approximately 100 kilometers from northeast to southwest, they are Mermaid Reef, Clerke Reef, and Imperieuse Reef. Only Clerke Reef and Imperieuse Reef have white sandy islets (or cays) that remain above water. Imperieuse Reef also has the only permanent man-made structure–a lighthouse located on Cunningham Islet, a cay at the northern end of the reef. Thin patchy cloud cover is visible at lower right and at top. Rowley Shoals is located off the northwestern Australia coastline, approximately 300 kilometers west of the city of Broome. Since the late 1970s, fishing and diving expeditions—based in Broome—have frequented the atolls of the Shoals. Clerke and Imperieuse Reefs are part of the Rowley Shoals Marine Park established in 1990. Mermaid Reef is also managed as the Mermaid Reef Marine National Nature Reserve (established in 1991). The biodiversity of the atolls is impressive, with 233 coral species and 688 fish species more typical of Southeast Asia than other Western Australian reef ecosystems. Species include staghorn coral, giant clams, giant potato cod, maori wrasse, mackerel and tuna. In addition, Bedwell Island (a cay in Clerke Reef) hosts a colony of red-tailed tropicbirds as well as species of shearwaters, sea-eagles, terns, plovers and egrets.
It features Eastern Caribbean region; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in the foreground (bottom left), all of Puerto Rico, the Lesser Antilles (top) and Venezuelan coast (right). This photo was taken on Oct, 18 2011.