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BUSINESS 04/25/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Obama Holds Videoconference With Space Shuttle, Space Station

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After several busy days aboard the International Space Station and the connected space shuttle Discovery, astronauts today took questions today from President Barack Obama about their diet, science experiments and sending e-mail from space. With the truss and arrays in place, the space station will now get enough extra solar energy to support a doubling of the station's crew this May. On Monday, two NASA astronauts went on a six-and-a-half-hour spacewalk to lubricate a sticky robotic arm and try to fix a latch on an external payload attachment grid. A bolt had been installed backwards during another spacewalk last week, and it's now tightly wedged in there and not budging. Jeffs said the astronauts tethered the carrier down with four straps, and astronauts will have to tackle the job on a future spacewalk. The shuttle Discovery, which docked with the space station a week ago, is scheduled to begin its return trip at 3:53 p.m. EDT tomorrow. 1

Obama seemed to have as much fun Tuesday talking to the 10 astronauts in orbit about e-mailing, fitness and Tang as the children who surrounded him at the White House and took part in the call. 2
  1. Obama Holds Videoconference With Space Shuttle, Space Station (PC World)
  2. Obama Praises Astronauts in Space Station Call (MSNBC Science)

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