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Old April 22nd, 2004, 06:20 PM
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Latest OMEGA Speedmaster Shots

Expedition 9 launched a few days ago on 04/19/04:

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/...2004e19835.jpg

"JSC2004-E-19835 (19 April 2004) --- The Soyuz TMA-4 vehicle blasts off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on April 19, 2004, carrying cosmonaut Gennady I. Padalka, Russia’s Federal Space Agency Expedition 9 mission commander; astronaut Edward M. (Mike) Fincke, NASA International Space Station (ISS) science officer and flight engineer; and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Andre Kuipers of the Netherlands to the ISS. Padalka and Fincke will spend six months on the ISS, replacing the Expedition 8 crew, which has been aboard the Station since October 20, 2003. Kuipers, who is flying under a commercial contract between ESA and Russia’s Federal Space Agency, will return to Earth with the Expedition 8 crew on April 30, 2004. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls"

Of course, OMEGA Speedmasters were there. Here the crew suits up:

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/...2004e19833.jpg

"JSC2004-E-19833 (19 April 2004) --- Astronaut Edward M. (Mike) Fincke (left), NASA International Space Station (ISS) science officer and flight engineer, and cosmonaut Gennady I. Padalka (right), Russia’s Federal Space Agency Expedition 9 mission commander, check each other's Russian Sokol suits prior to departing for the launch pad. They, along with European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Andre Kuipers (not shown) of the Netherlands, are scheduled to launch April 19, 2004, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the ISS for arrival on April 21. Padalka and Fincke will spend six months on the ISS, replacing the Expedition 8 crew, which has been aboard the Station since October 20, 2003. Kuipers, who is flying under a commercial contract between ESA and Russia’s Federal Space Agency, will return to Earth with the Expedition 8 crew on April 30, 2004. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls"

And here's the crew on the way to the launch vehicle:

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/...2004e19834.jpg

"JSC2004-E-19834 (19 April 2004) --- Attired in their Russian Sokol suits, cosmonaut Gennady I. Padalka (top), Russia’s Federal Space Agency Expedition 9 mission commander; astronaut Edward M. (Mike) Fincke (center), NASA International Space Station (ISS) science officer and flight engineer; and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Andre Kuipers (bottom) of the Netherlands bid farewell as they prepare to board the Soyuz TMA-4 vehicle prior to their launch April 19, 2004, to the ISS. Padalka and Fincke will spend six months on the ISS, replacing the Expedition 8 crew, which has been aboard the Station since October 20, 2003. Kuipers, who is flying under a commercial contract between ESA and Russia’s Federal Space Agency, will return to Earth with the Expedition 8 crew on April 30, 2004. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls "

I also dug up some more tool porn:

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/.../s106e5259.jpg

"S106-E-5259 (17 September 2000) --- Tools that look much like those that you might find in any residential garage are being left onboard the International Space Station (ISS) for its future residents. Holding this set is astronaut Richard A. Mastracchio, partially out of frame. As any "handy person" will tell you, a variety of basic tools are a life-saver when any one of a number of contingencies arise."

"Tools that look much like those that you might find in any residential garage...."??? Hardly.


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Old April 23rd, 2004, 07:10 AM
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tool set

so John,

you don't have a static wrist tether in your tool kit?? we always carry an extra for the 4-paw drive Rovers just in case! lol!

at least the vice-grip looked pretty common.


Jaime
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Old April 23rd, 2004, 09:23 AM
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The first picture temporarily reminded me of the SARS outbreak last year. I guess that's all cured-up now.

The tool porn is interesting.

I'm guessing that case is home made. I can't decode the blue dot's.

If they are concerned about static why would you use styrofoam to case the tools? seems like they might get a charge when removing them.

Also prop's for them using the Sharpie marker. Is there a better one out there?
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Old April 23rd, 2004, 10:12 AM
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Yeah, that case doesn't have the BAM factor of the other NASA cases. I don't know if it was homemade, but it could be. Contrast that foam case with this one:

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/...73-351-024.jpg

That second foam is bad ass. What's weird is, that second foam reminds me a lot of the foam in Sean Arney's Snap-on field set:







Arney does the computer work for that foam cutting. I wonder if Arney's work was used on the ISS tool boxes. If so, that would be very cool.

The Sharpie is a mystery. There's no doubt the Sharpie is an awesome marker, but it stinks to high heaven. I'm surprised NASA didn't feel the Sharpie would strain the ISS' air purification systems. For all I know though, Sharpie could have a NASA version of the Sharpie. There are all kinds of food grade Sharpie pens and other specialty Sharpies floating around.
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