Feeds

Paul McCartney joins Atlantis love-in

'Good morning guys!'

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Sir Paul McCartney joined the impressive roster of celebs greeting the crew of space shuttle Atlantis today, following Elton John and Michael Stipe's musical messages to space earlier this week.

Following a blast of Good Day Sunshine, McCartney chirped: "Good morning guys! Wake up! And good luck on this, your last mission. Well done!"

Suitably roused, the International Space Station's residents will now get back to even more box-shifting from the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module.

Commander Chris Ferguson, though, will first have to tackle a failed computer aboard Atlantis. The crew was woken last night by an alarm triggered by a problem with general purpose computer 4 (GPC 4).

Atlantis has five such computers, and the failure doesn't present much of a problem. NASA explains: "Only two of the shuttle's computers are needed when the shuttle is orbiting the Earth, so the functions that computer had been responsible for were simply transferred to another computer."

The agency adds: "While troubleshooting is underway on GPC 4, GPCs 1 & 2 are operating Atlantis' systems and GPC 3 is in a standby mode. The first step in today’s procedure is underway, transmitting the memory of GPC 4 to Mission Control for evaluation."

Once they've done another hard day's work heaving boxes from Raffaello, the Atlantis and International Space Station Expedition 28 crews will have a chat with president Obama before turning in.

Here's NASA's video round-up of yesterday's action aboard the ISS, including an insight into the patriotic "All American Menu":

You can find the latest on Atlantis' last mission right here. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
GRAV WAVE DRAMA: 'Big Bang echo' may have been grit on the scanner – boffins
Exit Planet Dust on faster-than-light expansion of universe
Mine Bitcoins with PENCIL and PAPER
Forget Sudoku, crunch SHA-256 algos
SpaceX Dragon cargo truck flies 3D printer to ISS: Clawdown in 3, 2...
Craft berths at space station with supplies, experiments, toys
'This BITE MARK is a SMOKING GUN': Boffins probe ancient assault
Tooth embedded in thigh bone may tell who pulled the trigger
DOLPHINS SMELL MAGNETS – did we hear that right, boffins?
Xavier's School for Gifted Magnetotaceans
Big dinosaur wowed females with its ENORMOUS HOOTER
That's right, Doris, I've got biggest snout in the prehistoric world
Japanese volcano eruption reportedly leaves 31 people presumed dead
Hopes fade of finding survivors on Mount Ontake
That glass of water you just drank? It was OLDER than the SUN
One MEELLION years older. Some of it anyway
Canberra drone team dances a samba in Outback Challenge
CSIRO's 'missing bushwalker' found and watered
NASA rover Curiosity drills HOLE in MARS 'GOLF COURSE'
Joins 'traffic light' and perfect stony sphere on the Red Planet
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.