Space shuttle Discovery docked at the International Space Station early Wednesday, after a rare antenna breakdown that knocked out radar tracking. Today, a pair of astronauts completed a spacewalk to disconnect an old, empty ammonia tank outside the station, and they prepared a new one to replace it. [Star-News]
There are a record-setting four women currently in space — two of them with ties to the Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley area — and we wanted to know more about these trailblazing astronauts.
As the Associated Press reported, Tracy Caldwell Dyson, a native of Arcadia, was aboard a Russian rocket last week when it blasted off with two Russian cosmonauts en route to the International Space Station.
And Stephanie D. Wilson, formerly of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Caada Flintridge, was aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery as it launched on Monday.