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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Photo for the Day - May 31, 2009

* Photo for the Day *Hanging Out
A group of Iraqi children peer out of a doorway in the Rasalkoor District of Mosul, Iraq, on May 28.
Photo by Senior Airman Kamaile Chan

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Environmentalists Saturday - May 30, 2009

Environmentalists Saturday
May 30, 2009
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Here are a couple fun videos for your weekend viewing.
I’d rate them both as Mature
Especially the George Carlin’s video.
He does so love the ‘F’ word!!!
Enjoy!!!
And great weekend…
AubreyJ……..
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Crazy environmentalists mourn dead trees

Sadly… these are the kinds of people that keep us from being able to go after our own energy resources here at home!
This video posted on YouTube by
Golbezz1
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The Late George Carlin on Environmentalists and Global Warming
LOVE this one… Funny!!!!!!

This video posted on YouTube by GlobalWarmingFraud

Robert McDonnell Accepts GOP Nomination for Virginia Governor

Photo by McDonnell's official website
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Saturday, March 30, 2009
Robert F. McDonnell officially accepted the Republican nomination for governor Saturday in a speech that attacked Democrats for opposing new sources of energy that he guaranteed would create jobs…
Read the full report HERE
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AubreyJ.........

Friday, May 29, 2009

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 371-09 May 29, 2009
DoD Identifies Army Casualty


The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Spc. Chad A. Edmundson, 20, of Williamsburg, Pa., died May 27th in Baghdad of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit while on a dismounted patrol. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 112th Infantry, 56th Stryker Brigade, Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
For more information the media may contact Lt. Col. Christopher Cleaver at (717) 861-8468.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Afghanistan: On Ground Updates - May 28, 2009

Afghanistan: On Ground Updates
Troops in Afghanistan Kill More Than 30 Insurgents
Thursday, May 28, 2009
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Afghan and coalition forces killed more than 30 militants in two separate operations in Afghanistan today, military officials said.
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Coalition and Afghan forces killed at least 29 militants during a fierce firefight at a suspected foreign fighter camp in Paktika province, military officials said.
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In the mountainous region near the Pakistan border, combined forces raided the enemy encampment, where intelligence sources indicated a senior Haqqani network leader was plotting future attacks in the area.
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Dozens of well-armed militants began firing on the combined force to repel the assault. Afghan and coalition forces returned fire, engaging enemies located both in heavily fortified positions and inside the compound. Military officials underscored that the combined ground force was under fire when it called for air strikes against the enemy.
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At least six militants detonated suicide vests, slaying only themselves during the fight, and military officials said multiple enemies killed in the firefight were found with grenades that had been rigged to detonate upon disruption. Troops also discovered stockpiles of weapons after the raid.
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During one blast, a coalition member suffered minor wounds. No civilians were injured in the operation, military officials said.
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In a separate operation in Farah province in western Afghanistan, Afghan commandos and coalition forces killed two militants.
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As the Afghan-led force conducted a combat reconnaissance patrol, it encountered militants armed with an assault rifle, machine gun and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher riding on a motorcycle.
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The patrol engaged the militants with small-arms fire, killing both, military officials said.
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Taken from a news article by DoD’s American Forces Press Service - Compiled from U.S. Forces Afghanistan news releases

Photo for the Day - May 28, 2009

* Photo for the Day *

Secretary Clinton meets with American Journalist Roxana Saberi outside the Secretary's office.
Watch the video
HERE
State Department photo by Michael Gross

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 369-09 May 28, 2009
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Department of the Army civilian employee who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Maged M. Hussein, 43
, of Cairo, Egypt, died May 25th in Al Taqaddum, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his convoy vehicle in Fallujah, Iraq. He was employed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, Jacksonville, Fla.
For more information the media may contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers public affairs office at (202) 761-4715 or (202) 761-0011.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

North Korea: On Ground Updates - May 27, 2009

North Korea
On Ground Updates
North Korea Returning To A State Of War
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
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> VOANews.com brings us the following troubling news early this Wednesday morning and it starts off like this… North Korea says even minor attempts by South Korea or the United States to interfere with its shipping will trigger what it calls a "return to a state of war." Pyongyang vows it will not be bound by the terms of a 56-year-old armistice, if South Korea or the United States searches its vessels under an American-led nonproliferation initiative… North Korean military representatives warned South Korea, Wednesday, its decision to join an American-led security arrangement is being seen as a "declaration of war."… The statement, delivered by North Korean military representatives in the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, was read on North Korean television…
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N. Korea Threatens Attack on South If Vessels are Inspected
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> FOXNews.com reports today’s news this way… North Korea is trying to return to a Korean War with the South, threatening a powerful military strike and claiming it will no longer honor the 1953 Armistice that ended the conflict that divided the peninsula. But U.S. military and Obama administration officials are calling much of the rhetoric "bluster."… "North Korea continues to isolate itself. Threats and bluster will not get North Korea the attention and respect it craves," one senior White House official told FOX News… One senior U.S. defense official said a lot of what is going on in terms of North Korean threats is bluffing and bravado. The official noted the U.S. military has not changed its offensive posture in the region. Neither has South Korea…
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U.S. Takes Skeptical Look at North Korean 'Bluster'
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> Haaretz.com reports… Russia is taking security measures as a precaution against the possibility tension over North Korea could escalate into nuclear war, news agencies quoted officials as saying on Wednesday… Interfax quoted an unnamed security source as saying a stand-off triggered by Pyongyang's nuclear test on Monday could affect the security of Russia's far eastern regions, which border North Korea… "The need has emerged for an appropriate package of precautionary measures," the source said…
Read this report in full at link below…

Russia fears North Korea conflict could turn nuclear
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SkyNews.com reports…
North Korea Threatens Military Strike On South
Above link has lots of news videos, photos and more
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North Korea: Pyongyang threatens military strike on Seoul

About News Video: North Korea has threatened to respond with a 'powerful' military strike against its southern neighbor if Seoul takes part in a US-led initiative to intercept shipments suspected of being involved in the building of weapons of mass destruction.
This news video posted on YouTube by france24english
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AubreyJ………

DoD Identifies Navy Casualty

No. 365-09 May 27, 2009
DoD Identifies Navy Casualty


The Department of Defense announced today the death of a sailor who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Cmdr. Duane G. Wolfe, 54, of Port Hueneme, Calif., died May 25th from injuries suffered as a result of an improvised explosive device attack on his convoy southeast of Fallujah. Wolfe was assigned to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Gulf Region Division in Iraq.
For further information, please contact Naval Base Ventura County public affairs at (805) 989-9234.

DoD Identifies Air Force Casualties

No. 363-09 May 27, 2009
DoD Identifies Air Force Casualties


The Department of Defense announced today the death of two airmen who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died May 26th near Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device.

Killed were:
* Lt. Col. Mark E. Stratton II, 39, of Houston. He was assigned to the Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
* Senior Airman Ashton L. M. Goodman, 21, of Indianapolis. She was assigned to the 43rd Logistics Readiness Squadron, Pope Air Force Base, N.C.

For further information on Stratton, please contact the Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs office at (703) 695-0640.
For further information on Goodman, please contact the Pope Air Force Base Public Affairs office at (910) 394-4183.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

President Obama Nominates Judge Sonia Sotomayor for Supreme Court Justice

> The White House sent out the following background, giving a thorough look at Judge Sotomayor’s life and career
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Obama makes nomination announcement for Supreme Court




About news video: President Barack Obama named federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor as the nation's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice on Tuesday, praising her as "an inspiring woman" with both the intellect and compassion to interpret the Constitution wisely.
This News Video posted on YouTube by WTNH
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AubreyJ.........

Monday, May 25, 2009

Taken a moment Memorial Day to remember the true meaning of the holiday

Taken a moment Memorial Day
to remember the true meaning
of the holiday

About photo: Airman Jacob Proffer, a member of the Air Force Honor Guard, pauses to salute a grave after placing a miniature flag at its base during the “Flags In” tribute at Arlington National Cemetery, May 21, 2009. “When I do this, it makes me take a lot more pride every time I put on my uniform, seeing the measure of sacrifice so many have made,” he said.
Read the story behind the photo HERE
DoD photo by Donna Miles
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Gates Urges Participation in Memorial Day Moment of Silence
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 21, 2009 - In his annual Memorial Day message to servicemembers worldwide, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates urges the nation's men and women in uniform to observe a moment of silence on the holiday to honor their fallen comrades.

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“On May 5, 1868, General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, asked that America remember those lost in the Civil War by ‘gather[ing] around their sacred remains’ to ‘garland the passionless mounds … with choicest flowers’ and ‘raise above them the dear old flag they saved.’
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“Since then, we have set aside one day each year to honor all those who have died in service to our country. Across the United States, military support groups, veterans associations, and patriots mount public tribute to those who served and sacrificed. By honoring our men and women in uniform with events like this, groups such as the American Veterans Center keep alive the memory of those who paid the ultimate price.
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“Some wear a red poppy, in the spirit of the poet Moina Michael, who wrote that that flower “grows on fields where valor led.” Others continue to adorn graves with flowers and candles. And each year, the soldiers of “The Old Guard” place small American flags at each Arlington National Cemetery gravestone and patrol around the clock during Memorial Day weekend to ensure that each flag remains standing.
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“At 3 p.m., your local time, on Monday, May 25, 2009, I would encourage you to join millions of your fellow Americans in a moment of silence to remember our fallen heroes.
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“It is important to think of the fallen on this day, but we should also keep in mind all of our servicemen and women throughout the year. They and their families continue to sacrifice for our country and deserve our recognition and support. We should heed the advice of General Logan, who wrote: ‘Let no neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.’”
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Robert M. Gates
Secretary of Defense

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President Obama’s Weekly Address:
Sacrifice


About this week’s video: On this Memorial Day weekend, President Obama calls on the American people to join him in paying tribute to America’s veterans, servicemen and women – particularly those who have made the ultimate sacrifice - and their families.
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.In memory of all our fallen heroes,
In thanks to all those that serve.
AubreyJ………

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

No. 358-09 May 24, 2009
DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died May 21 near Baghdad, Iraq of wound sustained when their unit was attacked by enemy forces using improvise explosive devices while on dismounted patrol.

Killed were:
* Major Jason E. George, 38
, of Tehachapi, Calif. He was an Army Reservist assigned to the 252nd Combined Arms Battalion, Fayetteville, North Carolina.
* First Lieutenant Leevi K. Barnard, 28, of Mount Airy, N.C. He was a National Guardsman assigned to the 252nd Combined Arms Battalion, Fayetteville, North Carolina.
* Sgt. Paul F. Brooks, 34, of Joplin, Mo. He was a National Guardsman assigned to the 935th Aviation Support Battalion, Springfield, Missouri.

The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation.
- For more information media may contact the N.C. National Guard public affairs office at (919)-664-6242 or after duty hours (919)-664-6531.
- For more information media may contact the Mo. National Guard public affairs office at (573) 638-9846 or (888) 526-6664 x9846.
- For more information regarding Major Jason E. George, media may contact LTC Maria Quon or MSG Keith O'Donnell at HRC-St. Louis, Mo. at (314) 592-0000 ext. 42007 or 43559.


No. 359-09 May 24, 2009
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Chief Warrant Officer (3) Brent S. Cole, 38, of Reedsville, W. Va., died May 22, when his helicopter went down in Tarin Kwot, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation.
For more information media may contact the 82nd Airborne Division public affairs office at (910) 432-0661.


No. 360-09 May 24, 2009
DoD Identifies Army Casualty


The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Sgt. 1st Class Brian Naseman, 36, of New Bremen, Ohio, died May 22 in Taji, Iraq of a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the 108th Forward Support Company, attached to 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry, 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Sussex, Wisconsin. The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation.
For more information media may contact the Wisconsin National Guard public affairs office at (608) 242-3050.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Watch Friday/Saturday/SUNDAY Morning Landing Attempt Of Atlantis STS-125 Live On NASA TV

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STS-125 Atlantis Landing
Weather Permitting, 1st Landing Opportunity at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., is at 9:00am CDT Friday morning

File photo by: NASA/Chuck Tintera
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Atlantis’ Crew Prepares for Landing
Thursday morning, May 21, 2009

The crew of space shuttle Atlantis is spending today getting ready for its journey home and the end of the STS-125 mission. Among the preparations is a test of the thrusters that will be used to position the orbiter for re-entry and the control surfaces for its flight through the atmosphere.
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After this testing is complete, the crew members will speak to Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and members of the media from ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC and Fox.
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The STS-125 crew performed five spacewalks to repair and upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope. Atlantis is scheduled to land at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., Friday.
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Crew Conducts Tests for Friday Landing
Thursday
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6:29am CDT
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Space Shuttle Atlantis' crew completed a test of the Reaction Control System steering thrusters that will help control Atlantis' attitude and speed after Friday's deorbit burn. They also tested the shuttle aerosurfaces and flight control systems that will be used once the shuttle enters the atmosphere.
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Landing time has changed slightly to 9:00:31 a.m. CDT at Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility. A second landing opportunity is available at 10:39 a.m.

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Update: 3:39pm CDT
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Weather is Currently Forecast "No Go" for Friday Landing
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Before going to sleep at 5:01pm CDT, Space Shuttle Atlantis' astronauts are making final preparations for Friday's planned 9:00am landing at Kennedy Space Center.

.Weather currently is forecast "no go" due to a prediction of broken clouds at 4,000 feet and a chance of thunderstorms within 30 nautical miles of Kennedy's Shuttle Landing Facility. STS-125 Entry Flight Director Norm Knight and his mission control team will assess the Kennedy weather Friday before giving a "go" for the deorbit burn.

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Post Update:
Friday Morning

May 22, 2009
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First Landing Attempt Waved Off
5:02am CDT
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STS-125 Entry Flight Director Norm Knight has waved off today's first landing attempt at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Weather continues to be a concern as we prepare for the second opportunity at 10:39am EDT..Capcom Greg Johnson informed Atlantis Commander Scott Altman that the weather is not clearing up at Kennedy. The crew will hold in its entry timeline and await further updates.
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Only one landing opportunity remains available for Atlantis to return to Earth today. Weather continues to be the concern as the crew prepares for the second and last landing opportunity today at 10:39am CDT.

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Second Landing Attempt Waved Off
7:00am CDT
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STS-125 Entry Flight Director Norm Knight has waved off today's second landing attempt at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the final chance to land today.
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Weather conditions at Kennedy would not permit a safe landing. CAPCOM Greg Johnson explained to Commander Scott Altman that weather is real moist, unstable, and officially "no go" due to thunderstorms, low cloud ceilings and showers consistently popping up offshore and over land.

* Next Landing Opportunity is Saturday Morning *

Saturday’s first landing opportunity at Kennedy Space Center is at 8:16am CDT. Edwards Air Force Base in California will be activated for consideration as well.
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Friday evening update:
Weather Delays Friday Landing - Next Opportunity Saturday

Shortly after the final weather wave off Friday morning, Entry Flight Director Norm Knight called up support for the backup landing site Saturday at Edwards Air Force Base.
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There are three landing opportunities available for Atlantis at both Kennedy and Edwards on Saturday. The Kennedy weather forecast is expected to improve somewhat, but there’s a good chance weather in the vicinity of the Shuttle Landing Facility will be unfavorable. The Edwards forecast is generally favorable for all three opportunities.

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Landing Targets KSC Saturday Morning
4:28pm CDT

The Atlantis crew is now in its sleep period and is scheduled to wake up early… early Saturday morning at 12:01am CDT.
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Landing opportunities are now available at KSC and Edwards Air Force Base in California on Saturday and Sunday. The first KSC landing opportunity begins Saturday with a deorbit burn at 7:01am leading to a touchdown in Florida at 8:15am.

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Post Update:
Saturday Morning
May 23, 2009
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Weather Delays Saturday’s Landing - Next Opportunity on Sunday
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Weather forced flight controllers to pass on STS-125’s landing opportunities Saturday.
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The next landing opportunity is at 9:11am CDT Sunday at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
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Saturday Landing Opportunities Waved Off
7:44am CDT
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STS-125 Entry Flight Director Norm Knight has waved off today's landing opportunities. Capcom Greg Johnson explained to the crew the weather did not permit a Kennedy landing today. Johnson said, "There's a chance for a landing at Kennedy tomorrow, and we're going to keep that option open.
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Edwards remains good for tomorrow and Monday, if needed."
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Sunday’s first landing opportunity at Kennedy Space Center
will be at 9:11am CDT.

(To the Crew of Atlantis… Enjoy the view for one more day. Thousands of us, here back on earth, wish we could be there to see it with you.)
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Post Update:
Sunday Morning
May 24, 2009
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Image Credit: NASA TV
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Atlantis Lands in California
10:52am CDT
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With Commander Scott Altman and Pilot Gregory C. Johnson at the controls, Space Shuttle Atlantis descended to a smooth landing at Edwards Air Force Base at 10:39am CDT, completing a 13-day journey of approximately 5.3 million miles in space.
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A post-landing news conference with managers at Kennedy is expected in approx. 30 minutes. The participants will be Ed Weiler, associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate, Mike Moses, launch integration manager, and Mike Leinbach, space shuttle launch director. A crew news conference is tentative and will be announced later. The ceremony to welcome the astronauts back will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Houston's Ellington Field.
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Welcome Home Atlantis!!!
Congratulations on a successful mission…
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* View landing ground tracks HERE

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Read Latest News and Updates
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Watch Preparations/Landing LIVE
Its On right NOW!

At NASA TV
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ENJOY!!!

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In case you missed this morning’s landing…
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Friday, May 22, 2009

My Favorite Moments in the 2008 Presidential Election

Newt Gingrich takes on MSNBC over Governor Palin's experience
Make dang sure you click this one out!!!

About Video: Newt challenges an MSNBC reporter over questions on Gov. Palin's experience to be VP. In addition he talks about Sen. Lieberman at the GOP convention…
Video posted on YouTube by ngingrich
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You GO Mr. Speaker!!!
AubreyJ.........

Photo for the Day - May 22, 2009

* Photo for the Day *Backdropped by the blackness of space and the thin line of Earth's atmosphere, space shuttle Atlantis' payload bay, Canadian-built remote manipulator system robotic arm, vertical stabilizer and orbital maneuvering system pods are featured in this image photographed by an STS-125 crew member on Flight Day 10, May 20, 2009.
Photo credit: NASA

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Former Vice President Dick Cheney Defends Bush Security Policies

Cheney Defends Bush Security Policies

Former Vice President Dick Cheney defended the Bush administration's national security policies Thursday, May 21, 2009, saying they were rooted in a determination not to forget the terrible harm of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.
This News Video posted on YouTube by
AssociatedPress
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Great speech today, Mr. Cheney!!!
Thank you for your many years of service to this great country of ours…
AubreyJ………

Without Help Of Informant, New York Terror Plot Would Not Have Been Thwarted

File photo from FBI.gov website
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Thursday, May 21, 2009
FOXNews.com brings us this report this Thursday afternoon and it starts off like this… Without the help of an informant who met repeatedly with four accused homegrown terrorists over the course of a yearlong undercover investigation, their plot to blow up two synagogues in New York City and to shoot down planes at an Air National Guard base would not have been thwarted, federal investigators say… The informant began working last June with James Cromitie, one of the four Newburgh, N.Y., men arrested Wednesday night as they planted what they believed were real explosives at synagogues in the Bronx, according to the complaint…
Read the full report at link below…
FBI Credits Informant for Helping Bust New York Terror Plot
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New York’s FBI has this report up on their website today…
Four Arrested for Plot to Bomb Synagogue and Jewish Community Center and to Shoot Military Planes with Stinger Missiles

Photo for the Day - May 21, 2009

* Photo for the Day *About photo: The crew members for the STS-125 mission pose for the traditional in-flight portrait on the middeck of the Earth-orbiting Space Shuttle Atlantis.
Photo Credit: NASA

DoD Identifies Air Force Casualty

No. 0352-09 May 21, 2009
DoD Identifies Air Force Casualty


The Department of Defense announced today the death of an airman who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
1st Lt. Roslyn L. Schulte, 25
, of St. Louis, Mo., died May 20th near Kabul, Afghanistan of wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device. She was assigned to the Headquarters, Pacific Air Forces Command, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii.
For further information related to this release, please contact the Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs office at (808) 448-3218.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Phil Mickelson Suspends PGA Schedule Indefinitely - Wife Amy Mickelson Diagnosed With Breast Cancer

File photo from Mickelson's Official Website
Phil Mickelson has suspended his PGA Tour schedule indefinitely today because Amy... his wife of 13 years and the mother of their three children has been diagnosed with breast cancer. More test and possible major surgery in the forecast over the next few weeks…
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USATODAY.com brings us the following report…
Phil Mickelson's wife diagnosed with breast cancer
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Our thoughts and prayers go out to Amy, Phil, and the rest of their family.
Fast recovery, Amy…
AubreyJ………

US GPS System Could Fail as early as 2010

US GPS System Could Fail as early as 2010
31 -24 and counting down
31 satellites now working, system needs 24 to work properly
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
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The US Air Force is in charge of our Global Positioning System, better known to most as our GPS System… and they seem to be at least 3 years behind schedule on developing and deploying a new system into space.
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The US Air Force is all so said to be way over budget on this project and is in desperate need of more money approval from congress. The current IIF satellite program is reported to be $870 million over budget and launch of its first satellite has been pushed back to November 2009, or… three years behind schedule.
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But let not your hearts be worried...
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PCMag.com brings us this report today…
GPS Firms: The Sky Isn't Falling
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AubreyJ………

Photo for the Day - May 20, 2009

* Photo for the Day *Not Lost in Space
About photo: (Taken May 18, 2009) Mission Specialist John Grunsfeld is positioned on a foot restraint on the end of Atlantis' remote manipulator system and Andrew Feustel (top center), mission specialist, participate in the mission's fifth and final spacewalk.
Photo credit: NASA
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Note: Space Shuttle Atlantis will be landing in Florida this Friday, weather permitting.
AubreyJ………

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

White House Video: President Obama & Prime Minister Netanyahu

President Obama & Prime Minister Netanyahu:
"The Common Goal is Peace"

About this video: On Monday, May 18, 2009, President Obama has a one-on-one meeting, an expanded meeting, and a working lunch with Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel. The above video is of their remarks to the press afterwards.
Read transcript HERE
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Above video posted on YouTube by
whitehouse

Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-125 - Watch Mission Live

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Watch Mission Live
Of Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-125
On NASA TELEVISION
Friday, May 15, 2009
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About Photo: (Taken May 14, 2009) Perched on the end of the Canadian-built remote manipulator system, astronaut Andrew Feustel, mission specialist, performs work on the Hubble Space Telescope as the first of five STS-125 spacewalks kicks off a week’s work on the orbiting observatory. Feustel, teamed with astronaut John Grunsfeld (out of frame), will join the veteran spacewalker on two of the remaining four sessions of extravehicular activity later in the mission.
Photo Credit: NASA

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Friday evening update:

Astronauts Second Spacewalk Completed
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The second of five scheduled Spacewalks concluded at 4:45pm EDT today. It lasted for 7 hours, 56-minutes, making it the 8th longest spacewalk in history.
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During today’s Spacewalk, Mike Massimino and Mike Good removed and replaced three rate sensor units. One of the new upgraded units could not be seated into place. As a result, the spacewalkers installed a refurbished spare unit. The spacewalkers also replaced a new battery module from the telescope's Bay 2.

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Mission Specialists Michael Good and Mike Massimino spun up the Hubble Space Telescope with six new gyroscopes and a new battery during a 7-hour, 56-minute spacewalk. Friday’s was the eighth longest spacewalk in history.
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The second of the mission’s five spacewalks began at 7:49 a.m. CDT, and by 3:15 p.m. the team had accomplished all of the planned objectives. Those included replacement of all three rate sensing units (RSUs). Each rate sensing unit contains two gyroscopes, which help the telescope point itself. The spacewalkers couldn’t get one of the three units into its slot, but they were able to install a spare that was carried on board because of the tight tolerances involved.
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Good and Massimino removed one of the original battery modules from Bay 2 of the telescope and replaced it with a new unit. The module in Bay 3 is scheduled to be replaced by Mission Specialists John Grunsfeld and Andrew Feustel on Monday. The batteries provide power to the telescope when it passes into the Earth’s shadow and its solar arrays are not exposed to the sun.
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Ground controllers at the Space Telescope Operations Control Center at Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland confirmed that all six gyroscopes and the new battery passed preliminary tests.
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Commander Scott Altman and Mission Specialist Megan McArthur completed a robotic arm inspection of 40 shuttle heat shield tiles that weren’t in full view during Tuesday’s inspection. Based on imagery analysis, mission managers cleared all of Atlantis’ thermal protection systems until a final pre-landing inspection on Tuesday.
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The last item on today’s schedule for the crew is the review of the procedures for tomorrow’s spacewalk, the third of the mission. That spacewalk will see Grunsfeld and Feustel install a new Cosmic Origins Spectrograph and Advanced Camera for Surveys.
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Because Friday's spacewalk was longer than planned, the crew will go to bed an hour later at 8:31 p.m. and awaken an hour later at 4:31 a.m. Saturday.

Info from the NASA.gov website
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Post Update:
Saturday evening
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Third Hubble Repair Spacewalk Completed

STS-125 mission specialists John Grunsfeld and Drew Feustel finished the mission’s third spacewalk Saturday at 4:11 p.m. EDT. The spacewalk lasted 6 hours, 36 minutes.
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The spacewalkers focused on the installation of the telescope’s new Cosmic Origins Spectrograph and completed the Advanced Camera for Surveys repair work. Engineers from the Space Telescope Operations Control Center at Goddard Spaceflight Center in Maryland powered up both components and reported good aliveness tests. More tests will be conducted during the astronauts sleep period.
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On Sunday starting at 9:16 a.m., astronauts Mike Good and Mike Massimino will repair the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph and install the New Outer Blanket Layer during the fourth STS-125 spacewalk.

Again... Fourth Spacewalk starts Sunday morning at 9:16am EDT

Info from the NASA.gov website

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Post Update:
Sunday morning
May 17, 2009
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STS-125 Crew Begins Fourth Spacewalk
8:50:30am CDT
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Image above: Mission specialists
Mike Massimino and Mike Good work outside space shuttle Atlantis during the fourth spacewalk of STS-125.
Photo Credit: NASA TV
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Astronauts Mike Massimino and Michael Good began the fourth of five STS-125 spacewalks at 8:45am CDT. It is scheduled to last 6 hours, 30 minutes.

Massimino is wearing a spacesuit marked with broken horizontal stripes. Good is wearing a spacesuit with barber pole red stripes.

The spacewalk will start with some setup tasks and the opening of the telescope's bay doors.

Massimino and Good will spend the bulk of their spacewalk time repairing Hubble's Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph - a task that has been compared to brain surgery.

To access the electronics card the spacewalkers intend to replace, they’ll need to remove a cover plate. However, there are several obstacles to doing so. First, Massimino will need to remove a clamp from the upper left corner of the cover plate. Then he’ll need to remove a handrail.

Both of these tasks require special tools to catch the fasteners currently holding those pieces in place. The clamp removal tool fits over the fasteners of the clamp and catches them as they’re released; the handrail removal tool does the same over the fasteners of the handrail.

Info from the NASA.gov website
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NOTE: Today’s Spacewalk (as all the others have and will be,) is being broadcast LIVE on NASA TV Right NOW! Be sure to click it out!!!
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Monday afternoon
May 18, 2009

Saluting His Crewmates
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About Photo: (May 15, 2009) While standing on the end of Atlantis' remote manipulator system arm, STS-125 Mission Specialist Michael Good pays tribute to his commander and all his crewmates with a military-style salute.
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Good and Mike Massimino (background right) are working on the Hubble Space Telescope locked down in the orbiter's cargo bay. .After their May 15 tasks were completed, three more sessions of extravehicular activity, on back to back to back days, await the seven-person crew.

Photo credit: NASA
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Final Spacewalk of STS-125 Mission Complete
2:27pm CDT
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The fifth and final STS-125 spacewalk concluded today at 2:22pm CDT. Today’s spacewalk lasted for 7 hours, 2 minutes. Mission specialists John Grunsfeld and Drew Feustel began today’s spacewalk at 7:20am CDT.
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During today’s spacewalk… Grunsfeld and Feustel finished the mission’s battery replacement work. They worked in the telescope’s Bay 3 to replace the second of two battery modules. Each module weighs 460 pounds and contains three batteries, providing electrical power to support Hubble operations during the night portion of its orbit. The first battery module was installed during the second spacewalk.
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They also replaced one of the telescope’s fine guidance sensors. The sensors are used to provide pointing information and also serve as a scientific instrument for determining relative position and motion of stars.
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After those two tasks were accomplished, Feustel and Grunsfeld turned their attention to the New Outer Blanket Layer (NOBL) on the outside of the telescope’s Bay 5, Bay 8 and Bay 7, which normally face in the direction of Hubble’s orbital travel. These blankets were expected to deteriorate more in the space environment. The NOBL on Bay 8 was to be installed during the fourth spacewalk, but the crew was unable to accomplish it due to work on a stripped bolt.

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Today's mission status briefing is scheduled to begin no earlier than 3:15pm CDT. The participants will be Tony Ceccacci, STS-125 lead flight director, Tomas Gonzalez-Torres, STS-125 lead EVA officer, Jon Morse, Director, Astrophysics Division, and Preston Burch, HST Program manager.
Info from the NASA.gov website

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Post Update:
BYE-BYE HUBBLE!
Tuesday afternoon
May 19, 2009
. About photo: Gregory C. Johnson, STS-125 pilot, occupies the pilot's station on the flight deck of the space shuttle Atlantis.
Photo Credit: NASA
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Separation Burn Complete
8:37am CDT

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Space shuttle Atlantis fired its thrusters at 8:28am CDT to increase its distance from the Hubble Space Telescope. Now that the shuttle is at a safe distance from Hubble, the crew will stow the equipment system that provided interfaces between the telescope and Atlantis. The system also served as the maintenance platform that held Hubble in place while providing a means for rotation for correct positioning during deployment and in-orbit servicing.

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Late inspection of Atlantis' heat shield is scheduled to begin at around 11:51am CDT.
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STS-125 Crew Releases Hubble
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The STS-125 crew bid a final farewell to the Hubble Space Telescope today. With servicing completed, the telescope was released from the shuttle’s robotic arm at 7:57am CDT.
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Mission Specialist Megan McArthur released the grapple fixture as Commander Scott Altman and Pilot Gregory C. Johnson guided Atlantis carefully away. Subtle thruster firings will place the shuttle a safe distance from Hubble.
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Later in the day, attention will turn to surveys of Atlantis’ thermal protection system, including its wing leading edge panels, nose cap and underside tiles. Imagery experts will evaluate the data to determine the health of the thermal protection system.
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Info from the NASA.gov website
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- STS-125 Crew Releases Hubble -
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About Video: The STS-125 crew bid a final farewell to the Hubble Space Telescope today. With servicing completed, the telescope was released from the shuttles robotic arm at 7:57am CDT.
This video posted on YouTube by NASAtelevision
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Mission OverviewSTS-125: The Final Visit
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SAFE LANDING to the crew of ATLANTIS STS-125...
AubreyJ.........

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-- NOTE: This post now closed - I’ll start a new post in a few days before Landing --

Monday, May 18, 2009

Photo for the Day - May 18, 2009

* Photo for the Day * U.S. Army 1st Lt. Jacob Lopez, right, and a Tubazawa village leader watch as U.S. Soldiers distribute school supplies to children in Kirkuk, Iraq, May 14, 2009. Lopez is the 1st platoon leader of Charlie Troop, 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division out of Fort Hood, Texas
DoD photo by Sgt. Gustavo Olgiati, U.S. Army

Iraq: On Ground Updates - May 18, 2009

Iraq: On Ground Updates
Iraqi Army cuts off terrorist weapon supplies
Monday, May 18, 2009
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US Army file photo
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TIKRIT, Iraq - In the midst of a reconnaissance patrol May 11, Iraqi Special Operations Soldiers from 12th Iraqi Army Division, with Coalition forces advisors, recovered a weapons cache in western Kirkuk and detained two men within the vicinity.
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The detained men were found over watching the cache area and owned the property in which the weapons were buried. They were detained for further investigation.
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The cache included several dozen rocket propelled grenades, 75 anti-tank rounds and 1,000 rounds of small-arms ammunition.
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“The local knowledge of the discovery and detentions will likely create doubt within anti-Iraqi networks,” said the ground forces commander. “The destruction of this cache will disrupt enemy attacks and eliminate bomb-making supplies in the near term.”

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Taken from press release #20090518-03 - Multi-National Corps-Iraq, Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory