NASA to air high definition video tour of recent ISS additions

  • Houston (TX) - During the last Space Shuttle mission, Expedition 18 Commander Mike Fincke filmed a high definition tour of the International Space Station. Flight Engineers Sandy Magnus and Yury Lonchakov will appear in a 35-minute HD video on NASA Television's HD Channel 105 at 1pm CST and 3pm CST both Thursday (tomorrow) and Friday.

    The video will also be broadcast in standard definition immediately after the HD version and can be streamed online at NASA TV.

    The International Space Station has undergone significant expansion in recent years. It is now slightly larger than an average 4 bedroom home. It weighs 630,000 pounds and can support six permanent residents. NASA recently awarded resupply contracts to two private firms when, after 2010 the Space Shuttle fleet will be decommissioned. The private contracts will run until 2016, during which time NASA plans to develop and test its planned Ares I and Ares V rockets before resuming resupply efforts on its own.