[amsat-bb] NASA closes Johnson Space Center
ki4bke at nc.rr.com
Fri Sep 12 10:36:54 PDT 2008
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:
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
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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