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Tweeting at 27,724 kms per hour

At Big On Good, we are always excited about new ways of communicating with engaged collaborators. Today, the excitement is reaching a new high – at exactly 3 pm EST or 8pm GMT/BST, we will be tweeting up live with the Crew of STS-125 on The International Space Station!

The event would be live on: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-live

Some of the questions we have come across are:

Q: Huh, what is the ISS? 

The International Space Station (ISS) is an internationally developed research facility currently being assembled in Low Earth Orbit. On-orbit construction of the station began in 1998 and is scheduled to be complete by 2011, with operations continuing until at least 2015. Several space agencies have been involved in the ISS (you can read the full list on wikipedia too). The space station can be seen from Earth with the naked eye, orbiting at an altitude of approximately 350 kilometres (220 mi) above the surface of the Earth, travelling at an average speed of 27,724 kilometres (17,227 mi) per hour, completing 15.7 orbits per day

Q: Really? When and where can I see the ISS?

If you are reading this post from UK – then you will be able to see the ISS tonight from 21:48:17 till 21:53:04 in the west of the sky. It appears as a slow moving bright spot in the sky (if it is not overcast!). You can see other visible passes in this week optimised for London by Clicking Here. If you are elsewhere and would like to know when you would be able to see passes, satellite flares, etc, you can always check the Heavens Above Website. If you do, please leave us a note/comment here or tweet at @beethakore.

Q: What is STS 125?

STS 125 is short for the Space Transportation Shuttle and it is the 125th flight of the US Space Shuttle program. STS 125 is onboard Atlantis, one of the 3 operating US Space Shuttles – Endeavour and Discovery being the other two.

During STS 125, 7 astronauts repaired and upgraded the Hubble Space Telescope, conducting five spacewalks during their mission to extend the life of the orbiting observatory. They successfully installed two new instruments and repaired two others, bringing them back to life, replaced gyroscopes and batteries, and added new thermal insulation panels to protect the orbiting observatory. The result is six working, complementary science instruments with capabilities beyond what was available and an extended operational lifespan until at least 2014. 

Q: Who is onboard the ISS?

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A record number of 13 people are onboard the space station at the moment.

Members of Expedition 19: Gennady I. Padalka, Michael R. Barratt, Koichi Wakata who came up to the Station with Expedition 19.

Members of Expedition 20: Expedition 20 will mark the start of six-person crew operations aboard the International Space Station. All five of the international partner agencies – NASA, the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) – will be represented on orbit for the first time. This includes flight Engineers Roman Romanenko, Frank De Winne and Robert Thirsk who docked their Soyuz TMA-15 to the International Space Station. This one gets a special treatment, because Big On Good will also be present at the launch of Mission Specialist Nicole P Stott at the targetted date of 18th August 2009 on STS-128!!

STS-127 Crew: Mark L. Polansky, Douglas G. Hurley, Christopher J. Cassidy, Thomas H. Marshburn, David A. Wolf and Julie Payette are onboard STS 127.

More soon…

A night with MT’s 34 under 35

Last night, I met Emma Da Vita finally in person. She told me that when she embarked on finding 35 women in business who were under 35 years of age, making a name for themselves in different fields in 2001 they were hard to come by. This really struck me, as I experienced a unique energy and vibrance within the room surrounded by 34 other women who were featured on this year’s list. This was different I felt. There was talk of Hard Times, the way Jacko’s death had affected different businesses, cut off bonuses or doubled profit margins (the business ying and yang) and there was strong acknowledgment: that as much as we operated in extremely diverse fields such as the armed forces, private wealth management, human resource and recruitment, food and entertainment, SEO or good-old-engineering, we will need each other to come up with the change so that Emma has so many women in Business to choose from that a 35 under 35 does not make sense anymore!

Emma was beaming from the success that the feature for Management Today had already received from The Sunday Times, who scooped up a whole page in their Business Section last weekend. On Monday I announced to all on my twitter account, facebook, etc that I was lucky enough to be featured on the list and along came a message from a friend in Afghanistan who is a young (male) space enthusiast, feeling slightly unfair that I always look to encourage women only. My aim to encourage men and women both alike, however this did drive home the question: really, why is it that we specifically need to target women, and young women in particular?

Talking to the other winners at the MT evening, it turns out that yes, we all have been incredibly lucky to create enough critical mass of supporters – whether this comes as immediate or far family, friends, business acquaintances, old and current bosses, clients, etc that are non-discriminatory and in several cases inspiring and encouraging, but every now and then we do encounter people who completely under estimate our abilities and talents simply because they do not come across many females in the business. The community is really important as Suzy Levy from Accunture put it – in making the ‘Outliers’ amongst us, those that just don’t fit that mould. Suzy herself is an exceptional lady with passion for empowering Africa, especially with her support and work for a small school in Libya. It was great talking to her about how we can really make a difference in local communities and what models would work to help the alleviate the issues that the local communities face there. Enter Ruth Amos – a 19 year entrepreneur and engineer, who invented an alternate device to the stair lift to help elderly folk walk up stairs and exercise at the same time. She has been running her business for 3 successful years now and just having secured another big contract is top of her game! 

This really was an event to be inspired by. I have had the pleasure to interact with several groups of winners at different events – indeed who ever you meet there, you wish to applaud at their achievements. In Feb 2009, I met the winners of the IET Young Woman Engineer too – but a different competitiveness surrounded the interactions. Cards were passed on, but not much came back in terms of collaborative exchange. This event was certainly different – I got so inspired talking to Verve Search Director Lisa D Myers, that we had to be kicked out of the event. As it doesn’t appear to be in either Lisa’s nature or mine, to put an end to a good party and plenty of food for thought, we continued our exchange outside Charing Cross Station and further talking about the human pattern of thinking, connections such as speech and thought that transcend culture, boundaries, etc, Karma and especially that in the sense of Business, adding collaborative sense-checking to twitter feeds, the need for a community within the 35 Under 35 and what we can do differently to really empower further all within our group. (I even chose Lisa over Buzz, but please don’t tell him that! 🙂 ) 

I had hardly gotten over the excitement of the evening before the next morning and a flury of emails and twitter messages tells me that the evening was only a beginning. Before the day was over, we have a NING community open and operating with Lisa having pumped life into it in just 3 hrs after her twitter note! This further etched it, just as Baroness Kingsmill put it, is a community of women who are not going to stand still and watch if they have come across a rather thick big wall in their times, least are they going to bang their head against it, but very much are going to look to each other to make their ways across and over it by either jumping through, breaking the wall down or getting someone to sell them a ladder to climb it! I am certainly in awe of all the achievements they bring and thankful to have earned my place among them!!

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