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Monday, April 26, 2010

Photo for the Day - April 26, 2009

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Firefly
A U.S. Army Apache attack helicopter maneuvers down the Taji, Iraq, Army Airfield flight line before a night reconnaissance mission, April 18, 2010.
U.S. Army photo by Spc. Roland Hale

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

#31- AubreyJ’s Energy Update Report - April 21, 2010

AubreyJ’s Latest Energy Update Report
12 missing after blast on oil rig in Gulf
Wednesday, April 21, 2010

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Semisubmersible Drilling Rig ‘Deepwater Horizon’ reports explosion/fire onboard, says Transocean Ltd. The rig is in the Gulf of Mexico, in Mississippi Canyon block 252 and around 41 miles, (66 km) offshore off the Louisiana coast.
. File photo by DoE
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* MarketWatch.com brings us the following report this Wednesday morning and it starts off like this... Transocean Ltd. today reported a fire onboard its semisubmersible drilling rig Deepwater Horizon. The incident occurred April 20, 2010 at approximately 10:00 p.m. central time in the United States Gulf of Mexico. The rig was located approximately 41 miles offshore Louisiana on Mississippi Canyon block 252... Transocean's Emergency and Family Response Teams are working with the U.S. Coast Guard and lease operator BP Exploration & Production, Inc. to care for all rig personnel and search for missing rig personnel. A substantial majority of the 126 member crew is safe but some crew members remain unaccounted for at this time. Injured personnel are receiving medical treatment as necessary. The names and hometowns of injured persons are being withheld until family members can be notified...
Read the full report at link below...
Transocean Ltd. Reports Fire on Semisubmersible Drilling Rig Deepwater Horizon

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* Much more up to date info at FOX8Live.com... NOTE: Missing workers may have been found in lifeboat -- more to come...
Explosion rocks oil rig; Coast Guard says workers still missing

- Above link has News Video, Slideshow and more...
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* On CNN’s Blog page today is the following article and it goes in part like this...
An explosion on a rig is a rare occurrence because fires don't generally start on rigs and are easily and quickly contained when they do. But this time there was one - and at least 12 people are missing and seven are critically injured after an explosion on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the U.S. Coast Guard...
Read this article in full at link below...
Velshi: Rigs are some of the safest places

... And I totally agree with Velshi’s above link statement too!
But, don't kid yourself... It is a dangerous job as to compared to most...
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Update: 7:25pm CDT
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The previous statement, Missing workers may have been found in lifeboat, has not panned out as we all first hoped. The search is still on for the 11 missing.
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The initial reports that 12 workers were missing... turned out to be only 11. There were actually a total of 126 crew members on the rig at the time of the accident. The U.S. Coast Guard has counted a total of 98 survivors on two oil service boats and 17 injured... seven who were critically injured and had been taken to hospitals. Sadly though... Eleven are still unaccounted for as of this update.
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Our thoughts and prayers go out to all affected
by this tragic accident in the Gulf
AubreyJ.........

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Discovery Planned for a Monday Morning Landing

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Discovery 1st Landing Attempt planned for around...
8:48am Monday Morning
Post Dates: April 19-20, 2010
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File photo credit: NASA-Tom Tschida
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BUT...
Weather Forecast for Landing Not Promising

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The crew’s wakeup call at 12:21am EDT was “The Star Spangled Banner,” played for Commander Alan G. Poindexter, who is wrapping up his second spaceflight. A U.S. Navy captain, Poindexter served as a pilot on STS-122 in February 2008.
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Forecasts for a landing at Kennedy Space Center are not promising, calling for high overcast and two layers of scattered clouds, as well as a chance of showers in the area.
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If needed, on Tuesday there are landing opportunities at Kennedy and the backup runway at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
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Weather permitting... First landing opportunity in Florida is scheduled for today at 8:48am.
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Post Update:
Monday Landings Waved Off
Posted at 8:03am CDT

Image above: Weather conditions partially obscure this view of the Shuttle Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Image credit: NASA TV
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Mission Control Entry Flight Director Bryan Lunney has given Discovery's seven astronauts a "no go" to perform the deorbit burn and decided to wave off the 10:23am EDT landing opportunity because of continued low cloud coverage at Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility.
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The first Kennedy landing opportunity Tuesday is on orbit 237 with a deorbit burn at 6:28am and landing at 7:34am. Edwards Air Force Base also is expected to be called up for Tuesday landing opportunities.
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Weather Delays Landing / Next Opportunity on Tuesday
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Space Shuttle Discovery will spend another day in orbit after two landing opportunities at Kennedy Space Center in Florida were foiled by clouds and rain in the area. Forecasts call for Florida conditions to improve Tuesday and for generally good weather in California.
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Commander Alan G. Poindexter, Pilot James P. Dutton Jr. and Mission Specialists Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, Rick Mastracchio, Stephanie Wilson, Clayton Anderson and Japanese astronaut Naoko Yamazaki will have two more opportunities to land at Kennedy on Tuesday, as well as three at Edwards Air Force base in California.
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The first Kennedy opportunity Tuesday would see a deorbit burn at 6:28am EDT with a landing at 7:34am. For the second opportunity the deorbit burn at 8:02 a.m would lead to a landing 9:08am.
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For Edwards, the first opportunity deorbit burn would be at 7:56am with landing at 9:01am. The next would have a deorbit burn at 9:30am and a landing at 10:35am while the third would begin with a deorbit burn at 11:05am leading to a landing at 12:1pm.
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Discovery has enough consumables to remain in orbit until Wednesday. There are a total of six landing opportunities at the three U.S. landing sites that day.
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POST UPDATE:
Tuesday
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Discovery "Go" for Deorbit Burn
7:47am EDT
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Entry Flight Director Bryan Lunney and his team have given Discovery's seven astronauts a "go" for deorbit burn at 8:02 a.m. EDT to slow the shuttle on its descent to a 9:08 a.m. landing on runway 33 at Kennedy Space Center. The weather has improved and is both "go" observed and "go" forecast at landing time.
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The landing will take the shuttle over Vancouver, northeast Washington, near Helena, Montana, over central Wyoming, across Kansas to northeast of Tulsa, Oklahoma, north of Little Rock, Arkansas, over Oxford, Mississippi, near Montgomery, Alabama, north of Albany, east of Valdosta and south of Columbus, Georgia, and, finally, over Florida east of Gainesville and west of Jacksonville.
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Keep up with the latest on landing at links below...
--- THEY’RE COMING HOME!!! ---

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POST UPDATE:
9:15am EDT
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Welcome HOME
To the Crew of
Space Shuttle Discovery
STS-131

. About Image: Space Shuttle Discovery lands at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, completing the STS-131 mission to the International Space Station.
Image credit: NASA TV
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Discovery Lands in Florida
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With Commander Alan G. Poindexter and Pilot James P. Dutton Jr. at the controls, space shuttle Discovery descended to a smooth landing at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The STS-131 crew members concluded their successful mission to the International Space Station when the shuttle touched down at 9:08 a.m. EDT.
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Discovery arrived at the station April 7, delivering more than seven tons of equipment and supplies. During the 10-day stay, Mission Specialists Rick Mastracchio and Clayton Anderson conducted three spacewalks to install a 1,700-pound ammonia tank assembly on the station’s exterior to replace a depleted predecessor. They also replaced a rate gyro assembly, retrieved a Japanese experiment and two debris shields.
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JUST Three More Flights Left until END of the Space Shuttle Program
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Keep up with all the post landing events at links below...
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ENJOY!!!
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AubreyJ.........
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All info/images in this post taken from the NASA.gov website

Photo for the Day - April 20, 2010

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- Outpost Attack -

Soldiers return fire during an attack in Kunar province, Afghanistan. U.S. Army Spc. Greg R. Kenshalo fires an automatic grenade launcher during an attack on Combat Outpost Bar Alai in Kunar province, Afghanistan, April 5, 2010. Multiple insurgents with automatic machine guns opened fire about seven hours after a sniper also shot at the base. No members of Afghan or international forces were injured during the attacks. Kenshalo is a rifleman with Troop C, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment.
U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte

Monday, April 19, 2010

Iraq: On Ground Updates - April 20, 2010

Iraq: On Ground Updates
Top 2 AQI leaders in Iraq killed
Monday, April 20, 2010
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- Abu Hamzah al-Muhajir
DoD File Photo

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Iraqi Security Forces, supported by United States Forces, killed the two most-senior leaders of al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) early Sunday morning during a series of joint security operations 10 km southwest of Tikrit.
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Abu Hamzah al-Muhajir, also known as Abu Ayyub al Masri, is the military leader of AQI, the terrorist organization responsible for facilitating attacks against Iraqi and Coalition forces as well as Iraqi civilians. Abu Ayyub al Masri replaced Abu Musab al Zarqawi when Zarqawi was killed in June of 2006 and is directly responsible for high profile bombings and attacks against the people of Iraq.
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Also killed during the engagement was Hamid Dawud Muhammad Khalil al Zawi, otherwise known as Abu Umar al-Baghdadi, who served AQI as the leader of the proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and held the title “Prince of the Faithful.”
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The death of these two terrorists is a potentially devastating blow to AQI.
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A series of Iraqi-led joint operations conducted over the last week resulted in the Iraqi Forces, with U.S. support, executing a nighttime raid on the AQI leaders’ safehouse. The joint security team identified both AQI members, and the terrorists were killed after engaging the security team. Additionally, Masri’s assistant, along with the son of al-Baghdadi, who were also involved in terrorist activities, were killed.
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After conducting preliminary questioning and initial examination of the evidence during the operation, Government of Iraq elements arrested 16 additional suspected criminal associates of the warranted individuals.
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“The death of these terrorists is potentially the most significant blow to al-Qaeda in Iraq since the beginning of the insurgency,” said United States Forces - Iraq commander, Gen. Ray Odierno. “The Government of Iraq intelligence services and security forces supported by U.S. intelligence and special operations forces have over the last several months continued to degrade AQI. There is still work to do but this is a significant step forward in ridding Iraq of terrorists. As the GoI continues to protect the people of Iraq, the U.S. stands ready to assist them.”
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During the operation, a USF-I Soldier was killed during the assault when a U.S. helicopter crashed.
. Taken from Press Release #2010419-04 - Written by United States Forces - Iraq PAO
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GREAT TEAM WORK!!!
AubreyJ.........

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Photo for the Day - April 15, 2010

* Photo for the Day * -ISS Group Photo-
The STS-131 and Expedition 23 crew members gather for a group portrait in the Kibo laboratory of the International Space Station while Space Shuttle Discovery was docked with the station on Flight Day 10.
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STS-131 crew members pictured (light blue shirts) are NASA astronauts Alan Poindexter, commander; James P. Dutton Jr., pilot; Clayton Anderson, Rick Mastracchio, Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, Stephanie Wilson and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Naoko Yamazaki, all mission specialists.
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Expedition 23 crew members pictured are Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov, commander; Mikhail Kornienko and Alexander Skvortsov; Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi, and NASA astronauts T.J. Creamer and Tracy Caldwell Dyson, all flight engineers.
Taken April 14, 2010
Photo credit: NASA

Monday, April 12, 2010

Watch Mission Live/3rd and Final Spacewalk of Space Shuttle Discovery STS-131 Early Tuesday Morning

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Post Date: Monday, April 12, 2010
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About Image: The aft section of the docked Space Shuttle Discovery and the Station's robotic Canadarm2 are featured in this image photographed by an STS-131 crew member on the International Space Station. The Red Sea, Sinai Peninsula (center) and Nile River (left) are seen approximately 215 miles below.

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Third and Final Spacewalk begins Tuesday
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The third and final STS-131 Spacewalk is scheduled to begin at 3:11 a.m. EDT Tuesday and should last 6.5 hours. Activities include finishing the complicated change out of the large ammonia tank assembly, retrieving micrometeoroid shields from outside the airlock and retrieving a light-weight adapter plate assembly.
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Above info and image from the NASA.gov website
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Watch Spacewalk/Mission LIVE
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God Speed to the Crew of Discovery STS-131

AubreyJ.........

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Photo for the Day - April 11, 2010

On the Truss
Astronaut Rick Mastracchio works on the truss section of the International Space Station during the second spacewalk of the STS-131 mission.
Taken April 11, 2010
Photo credit: NASA

Monday, April 05, 2010

Watch Launch and Mission Live Of Space Shuttle Discovery STS-131

Watch Launch and Mission Live
Of Space Shuttle Discovery STS-131
On NASA TELEVISION
Post Date: Monday, April 05, 2010
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Monday’s Early Morning Launch looks like a GO!
* Launch Time: 6:21am EDT *
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Discovery's Hatch is Closed for Flight
4:24am EDT

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The Closeout Crew working at Launch Pad 39A confirmed Space Shuttle Discovery's side hatch is closed for flight. Once the hatch is completely sealed and the crew cabin checked for leaks, the team will complete their work inside the environmentally controlled room that provides access to the shuttle's crew compartment.
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The good weather at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida continues to cooperate, and the launch team is not reporting any problem that would prevent an on-time liftoff at 6:21am EDT.
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About above image: The STS-131 astronauts strap in aboard Discovery
Image credit: NASA TV
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- STS-131 Mission -
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Commander Alan Poindexter is set to lead the STS-131 mission to the International Space Station aboard Space Shuttle Discovery. Joining Poindexter will be Pilot Jim Dutton and Mission Specialists Rick Mastracchio, Clay Anderson, Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, Stephanie Wilson and Naoko Yamazaki of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
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Discovery will carry a multi-purpose logistics module filled with science racks for the laboratories aboard the station. The mission has three planned spacewalks, with work to include replacing an ammonia tank assembly, retrieving a Japanese experiment from the station’s exterior, and switching out a rate gyro assembly on the S0 segment of the station’s truss structure.
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STS-131 will be the 33rd Shuttle Mission to the station.
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Countdown Resumes at T-20
5:16:am EDT

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The clock is once again ticking down, and liftoff of Space Shuttle Discovery on its STS-131 mission to the International Space Station is a little more than an hour away. Coming up at 5:27am EDT, the countdown will pause again at T-9 minutes for the final planned hold.
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Today's countdown continues to go smoothly. Weather at NASA's Kennedy Space Center is cooperating, with favorable conditions predicted for launch time at 6:21am. .............

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WE HAVE LIFTOFF!!!
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Liftoff! Discovery Roars Toward Space

6:21am EDT
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Space Shuttle Discovery and a crew of seven astronauts are headed to space
, beginning a 13-day mission to the International Space Station. Discovery's two solid rocket boosters ignited right on schedule at 6:21am. EDT, sending the shuttle soaring past the launch tower at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The boosters will burn out about two minutes into the climb, as Discovery's three main engines finish the job of delivering it to orbit and the external fuel tank falls away. Main engine cutoff will come at about eight and a half minutes into the flight.
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Above info and images from the NASA.gov website
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Read Latest News and Updates +
Countdown/Mission Elapsed Time Clock
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Watch Launch and Mission LIVE
At NASA TV

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ENJOY!!!
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Above info and images from the NASA.gov website .
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May you have a Safe -- Event Free Launch...
Along with a VERY Successful Mission, STS-131!
AubreyJ.........