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Lunar Eclipse Tonight

There will be a total eclipse of the moon Wednesday night, the last one until 2010. It will be visible in the Americas starting at 8:43PM EST. Western Europeans can see the eclipse early Thursday morning (0143 GMT on 21 Feb).

Will we see the satellite shootdown, too?

STS-122: Flight Day 10

With yesterday's spacewalk wrapping up Atlantis' EVAs, Saturday's tasks include further outfitting of the Space Station's new Columbus Module.

Meanwhile, NASA will open up Edwards AFB as a possible landing site to make sure Atlantis gets home before the imminent shootdown of a dead spy satellite. The ISS crew should not be endangered in the attempt. NASA reports:

Columbus Outfitting Continues

STS-122 and Expedition 16 crews Image above: The STS-122 and Expedition 16 crews gather together for a joint crew news conference on Saturday. Photo credit: NASA TV

The space shuttle Atlantis and International Space Station crews are busy today transferring supplies and equipment into the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Columbus laboratory.

This morning, the station got a reboost, a routine procedure to adjust its orbit. The purpose of the reboost was to place the orbital outpost in better position to receive future visitors, including the Expedition 17 crew, who are slated to arrive in April.

Also, the STS-122 and Expedition 16 crews participated in a joint crew news conference.

Continue reading STS-122: Flight Day 10

US Plans to Shoot Down Broken Satellite

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush decided to make a first-of-its-kind attempt to use a missile to bring down a broken U.S. spy satellite because of the potential danger to people from its rocket fuel, officials said Thursday.

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8UQA6EG0&show_article=1

Russia, China propose new treaty to ban arms in space

Russia and China have proposed a new treaty to ban the use of weapons in space, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday, amid concerns of growing anti-satellite missile rivalry.

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=080212152128.8rnfh1q4&show_article=1

AF General: Spy Satellite Could Hit US

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. military is developing contingency plans to deal with the possibility that a large spy satellite expected to fall to Earth in late February or early March could hit North America.  

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8UG19Q80&show_article=1

U.S. Satellites Dodge Chinese Missile Debris

Two orbiting U.S. spacecraft were forced to change course to avoid being damaged by the thousands of pieces of space debris produced after China carried out an anti-satellite weapon test one year ago today.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080111/NATION/444629685/1001

Dragon Space 2008

China Reports Fourteen Potential Astronauts In Training For Three Seats.

Satellite-Surveillance Plan

WASHINGTON -- After delaying a domestic satellite-surveillance program for more than two months, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff expects to finalize a new charter for it this week, a move that attempts to quell civil-liberties concerns and get the program back on track.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB119812248622741723.html?mod=hps_us_whats_news