–A message from Dan Saldana- Head Engineer Mentor from Valley Christian San Jose–
“Just to let you know that both of our NanoLabs got installed and turned on by Andre one of the Astronauts at around 7:05 am this morning. Both units are drawing the expected turn on current of 300 ma. All indications are that both units are working properly. We expect to get our first experiment data this coming Monday. Keep praying that all goes well. Congratulations to the ISS Students, their hard work really paid off.”
Mr. Hart took two students, Andrew Fisher and Zachary Rodenbucher, to Valley Christian San Jose to fine tune the microgravity lab. They updated the microprocessor software and bench-tested the engineering. The team at VCSJ made the trip amazing. Their knowledge and patience really helped our boys grow in the area of engineering.
Mr. Hart is holding the actual micro-lab experiment!!
We should be getting live data back from the ISS beginning on April 6th.
Wednesday, afternoon at 1:33 pm our time on the west coast. Our two NanoLabs are scheduled to be installed, by one of the astronauts, sometime on Friday, April 6th and may be on the NASA TV channel. We will keep you posted on any broadcast schedule updates as we receive them. You can watch the docking live on the Livestream.com/eurospaceagency website starting at 1 pm. The NASA TV Channel will also be broadcasting the docking starting at around 1 pm.
Our International Space Station Launch is scheduled for tonight (March 22nd) at 9:31 pm our time. You can watch the launch by going to the Ariane 5 TV website at http://arianespace.tv. This website has continuous coverage, and you can get detailed information on the Ariane 5 and the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-3) by visiting the different links listed on the website. Tonight’s launch is a great milestone for all of us and the schools involved. Please congratulate all your students and mentors- Mr. Hart, Mrs. Anne Mangahas-Obando and Mr. Dobbs for all their hard work. It really paid off!!! “The Sky is No Longer the Limit”!! Please also visit our blog regularly to get updates on our micro gravity experiment- http://wchsiss.edublogs.org/
The answer is…
The International Space Station is about the size of a football field.
* Additional Facts about the International Space Station Size & Mass
- Module Length: 167.3 feet (51 meters)
- Truss Length: 357.5 feet (109 meters)
- Solar Array Length: 239.4 feet (73 meters)
- Mass: 861,804 lb (390,908 kilograms)
- Habitable Volume: 13,696 cubic feet (388 cubic meters)
- Pressurized Volume: 32,333 cubic feet (916 cubic meters)
- Power Generation: 8 solar arrays = 84 kilowatts
- Lines of Computer Code: approximately 2.3 million
Kauderer, Amiko. “Facts and Figures.” 20 September 2011. NASA. 9 November 2011 <http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/onthestation/facts_and_figures.html>.
Let’s get to know more about the International Space Station!
True or False?
.The International Space Station has more than five rooms, two bathrooms, a gymnasium, and a huge bay window.
Pleas leave comments to tell us your answer!
*The real answer and additional related facts will be posted on our blog 2 weeks later.
Here are a few pictures from one of the engineering team’s meetings. At the time they were deciding on how to obtain and design the circuit board along with acquiring the proper petri dish for the experiment.