Shuttle Discovery will go to the International Space Station this August 25

The shuttle Discovery due to depart the International Space Station (ISS) on 25 August from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, said the U.S. space agency NASA.

The ship with its crew of six American and one Swiss keep a container with shelves and equipment, which will be set up temporarily in orbit, plus a refrigerator, a new sleeping compartment and a second machine for exercise, which leads the name of the comedian Stephen Colbert.

Previously, NASA has taken a thorough analysis of the foam insulation on the shuttle's external tank because during the launch of the Endeavor on 15 July had fallen an unusual amount of foam.

Discovery's mission will last 13 days, in which 3 will be conducted spacewalks to spare on the European Columbus laboratory, the experimental material that is there.


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Space probe captured new images of Mars crater

Victoria crater, explored during two years by the Opportunity rover on Mars, has been captured by the camera from the space probe Mars Reconnaisance Orbiter (MRO) of NASA.

This high resolution camera showed images taken at an angle comparable to watching a landscape from the window of an airplane. From there he was captured in the layers of the crater walls, and the shot of the wheels left by the rover Opportunity on its descent to the crater.

Note that the probe was previously MRO images of this crater, but not much resolution. And after these shots were taken the right path so that Opportunity could fall to Victoria Crater.

(source: www.lanasa.net)