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Re: NASA closes Johnson Space Center



Hi guys:

I wonder if wouldn't be a good idea to get the 700 powered up in the event of a problem with comms on the ground?

Any thoughts, Ken?

73,
Jeff WB2SYK #36011


--- On Fri, 9/12/08, Rob Rousseau <ki4bke@nc.rr.com> wrote:

> From: Rob Rousseau <ki4bke@nc.rr.com>
> Subject: [amsat-bb]  NASA closes Johnson Space Center
> To: amsat-bb@amsat.org
> Date: Friday, September 12, 2008, 1:36 PM
> Clint,
>    Thanks for the heads up.  That is pretty cool they can
> do all that 
> from laptops from a hotel room no less.  The (large-ish)
> company I work 
> for has about 42% of their employees working working from
> home. 
>    I found a news article about NASA here:
> -Rob, KI4BKE
> 
> http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/5996566.html
> 
> 
>       By MARK CARREAU Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle
> 
> 
>         Sept. 11, 2008, 6:55PM
> 
> 
> NASA closed the Johnson Space Center, including Mission
> Control, at 
> midday as Hurricane Ike neared the Texas coast. The agency
> activated a 
> temporary control center near Austin to watch over the
> international 
> space station until the storm threat passes.
> 
> As part of the storm precautions, NASA postponed the
> docking of a 
> Russian Progress cargo capsule with the station, which had
> been 
> scheduled for Friday, just after 4 p.m. CDT.
> 
> The station's three-man crew includes American Greg
> Chamitoff, the 
> science officer and two Russians, commander Sergei Volkov
> and flight 
> engineer Oleg Kononenko.
> 
> "We will assess any damage, and decide when it's
> safe to come back," 
> said NASA spokesman Kelly Humphries as Johnson prepared to
> release its 
> 16,500 workers, many of them residents of the communities
> around 
> Galveston Bay.
> 
> The temporary control center, set up in a hotel outside
> Austin, is 
> equipped to communicate with the space station's crew
> around the clock 
> through NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in
> Huntsville, Ala.
> 
> The space agency dispatched more flight controllers to
> Marshall, home to 
> the station's payload operations center, which
> supervises scientific 
> research aboard the orbital outpost. In an adjoining
> control center 
> established as an emergency backup to Houston's Mission
> Control, NASA 
> was prepared to take over long-term support of the station
> if the 
> Johnson Space Center sustained severe damage from Ike.
> 
> The Progress cargo capsule was launched from Kazakhstan on
> Wednesday 
> with fuel, food, water, spare parts and other supplies for
> the 220-mile 
> high orbital outpost.
> 
> 
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