STS-116 Mission Specialists Robert Curbeam and Christer Fuglesang completed their scheduled electrical work and are now concentrating on other spacewalking tasks. Shortly after the start of the spacewalk at 2:41 p.m. EST, Curbeam and Fuglesang began STS-116’s work to rearrange the International Space Station’s power system from a temporary status to a permanent setup by rewiring two of the station’s four power channels. Systems were powered up at 4:45 p.m. following the completion of the electrical work.

ISS014-E-09442 : Astronaut Robert Curbeam

Image above: STS-116 Mission Specialist Bob Curbeam floats with his spacesuit in the Destiny laboratory of the International Space Station as he prepares for the mission’s first spacewalk. Image Credit: NASA

The remaining two channels will be rewired during the mission’s third spacewalk, slated for Saturday. The STS-116 crew is performing the electrical work to bring power generated by the P4 solar arrays on line for use by the station’s systems and prepare for more arrays to be added next year.

Curbeam and Fuglesang are now focusing on the relocation of two crew equipment translation aid carts. This will clear the way for the station’s mobile transporter rail car to move down the station’s rail system to the S1 truss at a later date in preparation for the STS-117 mission next spring.

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Bangladeshi economist Muhammed Yunus called poverty a fundamental threat to peace as he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway. Lisa Bryant has more on the awards ceremony for VOA from Paris.

Mohammed Yunus
Mohammed Yunus

Sixty six-year-old Mohammed Yunus – the economist from Bangladesh, whom many call the banker of the poor – and his Grameen Bank were awarded the prize for helping millions of people get out of poverty through micro-credit loans.

The Nobel committee called Yunus a “modern Ghandi,” as it bestowed the prize on the micro-credit pioneer. Yunus says he will use his share of the $1.4-million award to create a company making low-cost, high-nutrition food for the poor.

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… 2006 has been a busy year of events, publishing, clients and pro bono engagements.

My new book WOMBAT Selling: How To Sell By Word of Mouth (Hardie Grant) is selling well with another one on the way. If you’d like some holiday reading you can download a copy here with my compliments.

There have been some great clients and events this year including the AMP Offshore in Amsterdam; CPA Conference in Brisbane; Masterclasses at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre; Australia Post; Fernwood; Flight Centre; Think Appliances; Telstra and Aussie Bodies plus pro bono engagements for Melbourne Grammar School, Marie Stopes International in Sri Lanka; Yellow Ribbon; Lord Somers Camp and Victoria University.

In November, the School of Thinking celebrated its 27th Anniversary and ‘Thinking’ is now on the curriculum in Victorian schools and other states are about to follow. Also, planning has begun for the World Thinking Congress which we will host in the new 5000 seat Melbourne Convention Centre and the date is set for August 2010.

May I say thank you for your interest in my work and I do wish you a very happy and peaceful holiday season with a bright and productive new year for you in 2007.

I also look forward to seeing you if you are attending the 20th MEA National Conference in April 2007, Hobart, where I will be a keynote speaker.


• Themes, Topics, Conferences, Seminars, Speaker, Trainer, Thinker, MC, Guru, Coach.
THINK • Lateral Thinking; Creative Thinking; Innovation; Stretegic Thinking.
SELL • Newsell vs Oldsell; Entrepreneurship; Customer Service; Word-of-Mouth
LEAD • Strategy vs Tactics; Training Trainers; Succession; Chivalry; Philanthropy.


A synchrotron is a large machine (about the size of a football field) that accelerates electrons to almost the speed of light. As the electrons are deflected through magnetic fields they create extremely bright light. The light is channelled down beamlines to experimental workstations where it is used for research.


Synchrotron applications:
Synchrotron light is advancing research and development in fields as diverse as:
– biosciences (protein crystallography and cell biology)
– medical research (microbiology, disease mechanisms,
– environmental sciences (toxicology, atmospheric research, clean combustion and cleaner industrial production technologies)
– agriculture (plant genomics, soil studies, animal and plant imaging)
– advanced materials (nanostructured materials, intelligent polymers, ceramics, light metals and alloys, electronic and magnetic materials)
– forensics (identification of suspects from extremely small and dilute samples).

The joint workshop of the Australian Synchrotron and the Australian Synchrotron Research Program will be held at Rydges Melbourne (186 Exhibition St) from Wednesday 29 November to Friday 1 December 2006.

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JSC2006-E-23034 : Mark Polansky and William OefeleinNASA has said it over and over again: The coming missions to finish the International Space Station are among the hardest and most complex ever.

But if you ask the astronauts and engineers which of the final 14 assembly flights may be the most complex, many would point to Discovery’s next mission, set to launch in December.
“What makes this one singularly unique is the fact that we’re going to rewire the space station,” Mark Polansky, Discovery’s commander, said.

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