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NASA & Star Command send Buzz Lightyear to space station


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  • NASA & Star Command send Buzz Lightyear to space station

    Shuttle brings new resident, toilet fix to space station

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) -- Space shuttle Discovery performed a slow back flip and then docked at the international space station Monday, delivering a mammoth lab and two new occupants: a NASA astronaut and Buzz Lightyear.

    Commander Mark Kelly pulled up to the space station and parked as the two spacecraft soared 210 miles above the South Pacific.

    Discovery carried Japan's prized Kibo lab, a 37-foot-long, 16-ton scientific workshop. The seven shuttle astronauts and three station residents will combine forces to install the bus-size lab on Tuesday.

    The shuttle crew also brought a spare toilet pump for the orbiting outpost. The space station's Russian-built toilet broke nearly two weeks ago -- forcing the crew to perform manual flushes with extra water several times a day -- and engineers hope the new pump will take care of the problem.

    Astronaut Gregory Chamitoff got his first look at what will be his home for the next six months. He is replacing Garrett Reisman, who has been living at the station since March.

    "Garrett, you have a beautiful house," Chamitoff said. "Oh my God, it's so beautiful."

    The two men hugged once the hatches between them swung open. It was a group embrace, actually, with the space station's two Russian residents joining in as well.

    Also moving in for a half-year is a 12-inch action figure familiar to children almost everywhere: Buzz Lightyear, the character from the 1995 film "Toy Story" that's always yearning to blast off "to infinity and beyond." Disney sent up the toy as part of NASA's toys-in-space educational program.
    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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    Re: NASA &amp; Star Command send Buzz Lightyear to space station

    Hehe awesome!

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      Re: NASA &amp; Star Command send Buzz Lightyear to space station

      Buzz gets his pre-flight astronaut testing from the other Buzz...

      Hee! )


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        Re: NASA &amp; Star Command send Buzz Lightyear to space station

        Here's another article that details WaLL-E's space mission as well, but mostly Buzz...

        "Please give a big green welcome to everybody's favorite space ranger... Buzz Lightyear!" hollered the sergeant of the green army men, as Sheriff Woody, his horse Bullseye, cowgirl Jessie, and Bo Peep looked on.

        But the toy spaceman did not appear.

        "Everybody's favorite space ranger, Buzz Lightyear!" the sergeant restated, but Buzz was no where to be found. Instead, his creator, John Lasseter, jumped to the stage.

        "I forgot to tell you that Buzz blasted off on a special mission in outer space. Not toy outer space... real outer space," explained Disney-Pixar's chief creative officer.

        No, this was not an early preview of "Toy Story 3," which is targeted for theaters in 2010, but rather a part of the opening ceremonies for "Toy Story Mania," the newest attraction at Disneyland Resort's California Adventure in Anaheim. The festivities, held on June 17, included the on orbit debut for the space ranger who was introduced in Lasseter's 1995 film, "Toy Story".

        Now it was the science of NASA rather than the magic of Disney that garnered the 'oohs and aahs' from the crowd of invited guests and the loudest perhaps, from Lasseter himself. A large screen projected video of the 12-inch toy Buzz Lightyear floating alongside NASA astronaut Greg Chamitoff on-board the International Space Station (ISS).

        "Wow! That is awesome!" exclaimed Lasseter. "Oh man, I am sorry, but to see a character you created floating in space... that is amazing."

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