Month: December 2012

Tom Marshburn, Roman Romanenko, and Chris Hadfield Lift Off to The International Space Station

HOUSTON – With temperatures well below freezing at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Tom Marshburn of NASA, Roman Romanenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency launched Wednesday to the International Space Station at 6:12 a.m. CST (6:12 p.m. Baikonur time). The trio will dock its Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft to the Rassvet module on the Russian segment of the space station at 8:12 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 21. About three hours later, hatches between the Soyuz and the orbiting laboratory will open. Marshburn, Romanenko and Hadfield will be greeted by space station Expedition 34 Commander Kevin Ford of NASA and Flight Engineers Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin of Roscosmos, who have been in orbit since late-October. NASA Television coverage of docking begins at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, and hatch opening coverage begins at 10:15 a.m. Marshburn, Romanenko and Hadfield will remain aboard the station until May 2013. Ford, Novitskiy and Tarelkin will return to Earth on March 15, when Hadfield will become the first Canadian commander of the space station. The focus of Expedition 34 is scientific research, with the astronauts serving as subjects for human physiology tests, including examinations of astronaut bone loss. The crew also is conducting a wide range of physical science, Earth observation, human research and technology demonstration investigations. Experiments will investigate how fire behaves in space,...

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Everything IS Bigger in Texas: Texas Thunder Announces Line-up

Randy Rogers Band, Josh Abbott Band, Casey Donahew Band and More Imagine your ideal night under the Texas sky—your favorite music, a great atmosphere and good friends, the perfect combination for amazing memories! Welcome to Texas Thunder, the premiere music festival of West Texas. Proving that everything IS bigger in Texas, the line-up includes performers Casey Donahew Band, Randy Rogers Band, Josh Abbott Band and many more Texas favorites set to take the stage May 17-19, 2013, in Gardendale, Texas. Weekend passes are available for the Early Bird price of $65 and camping starting at $110 for a limited time. For more information or to purchase tickets and camping, please visit www.texasthunderfest.com or call (855) 362-0535. Set on beautiful farmland with picture perfect pump-jacks as a backdrop, Texas Thunder brings you not only the best country music artists the Lone Star State has to offer, but will also feature thrill rides, food vendors, a side stage (line-up coming soon) and much more. Join thousands of the friendliest people in the country and enjoy cold beer, homegrown talent and the most fun you can pack into a big ole Texas weekend. Friday: 3:00-4:00pm Bri Bagwell 4:30-5:30pm Granger Smith 6:00-7:00pm Micky and The Motorcars 7:30-8:30pm Charlie Robison 9:00-10:00pm Aaron Watson 10:30-12:00am Josh Abbott Band Saturday: 1:30-2:30pm Kimberly Dunn 3:00-4:00pm Johnny Cooper 4:30-5:30pm Brandon Rhyder 6:00-7:00pm Whiskey Myers 7:30-8:30pm Turnpike Troubadours 9:00-10:00pm...

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