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    CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) -- After more than six months in orbit, returning U.S. astronaut Bill McArthur longs for two simple pleasures: a hot cup of fresh coffee and a crunchy salad.

    "Life up here is an extraordinary experience ... but we miss the richness, the texture, the three-dimensional nature of living on our home planet," McArthur said Wednesday in an interview from the international space station with The Associated Press and the Houston Chronicle.

    "Im a big coffee drinker and I always like a nice hot cup of coffee in the morning," he said. "The coffee on board tastes good but its all in bags."

    McArthur will fly back Saturday on a Soyuz spacecraft, landing in the steppes of Kazakhstan. Also aboard will be Russian flight engineer Valery Tokarev and Marcos Pontes, Brazils first man in space.

    McArthur and Tokarev have been at the space station more than six months. They are being replaced by Russian commander Pavel Vinogradov and U.S. flight engineer Jeff Williams, who arrived at the station with Pontes last Friday.

    McArthur said he also is looking forward to biting into a crunchy salad and feeling "that sensation of pressing into a nice fresh lettuce or a nice raw carrot."

    This week, the crew tested a new method of preparing for spacewalks and produced sufficient data, even though the test was cut short, McArthur said. (Full story)

    Before beginning spacewalks, crew members usually have to breathe pure oxygen for several hours to purge their body of nitrogen and prevent a condition known as the bends. The new method could reduce that preparation time.

    McArthur and Williams had planned to spend eight hours sleeping in an airlock. But the test was stopped after five hours when two alarms went off while the astronauts slept.

    The alarms were triggered by a software glitch that gave an erroneous message about oxygen pressure.

    "We were never in any danger," McArthur said. "There was never any problem with the atmosphere."

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    Re: astronaut loves coffee

    I think ya need another cuppa there Rayzurhed, you were over 2 hours behind the times: http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1144352044/0#0 ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by rayzurhed link=1144360229/0#0 date=1144360229
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    I have a completely OT question. This will be showing my age, and I sometimes wonder if I dreamt it all, but wasnt Cape Canaveral re-named Cape Kennedy after the assasination? I remember this every time I hear someone mention Cape Canaveral, and have asked a few people, but know one seem to know. Did I imagine it? ;D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judy link=1144360229/0#2 date=1144510657
    Quote Originally Posted by rayzurhed link=1144360229/0#0 date=1144360229
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP)
    I have a completely OT question. This will be showing my age, and I sometimes wonder if I dreamt it all, but wasnt Cape Canaveral re-named Cape Kennedy after the assasination? I remember this every time I hear someone mention Cape Canaveral, and have asked a few people, but know one seem to know. Did I imagine it? ;D
    Cape Canaveral is actually composed of several different bases/areas. In regards to the Kennedy Space Center specifically (from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Kennedy):

    Cape Canaveral (Cabo Caņaveral in Spanish) is a strip of land in Brevard County, Florida, United States, near the center of that states Atlantic coast. It is part of a region known as the Space Coast, and is the site of the Kennedy Space Center, and the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Most United States spacecraft are launched from either one of these sites. It sits due east of Merritt Island, separated from it by the Banana River.

    From 1963 to 1973 it was called Cape Kennedy: President John F. Kennedy was an enthusiastic backer of the space program, and after his assassination in 1963, his widow Jacqueline Kennedy suggested to President Lyndon Johnson that renaming the Cape Canaveral space facility would be an appropriate memorial. However, Johnson recommended the renaming not just of the facility, but of the entire cape. Accordingly, Cape Canaveral was renamed Cape Kennedy.

    Although the name change was approved by the United States Board on Geographic Names of the Interior Department in 1964, it was not popular in Florida and in 1973 the state passed a law restoring the former 400-year-old name and the Board went along. The people of the city of Cape Canaveral, Florida, had particularly pressed to change it back. The Kennedy family issued a letter stating they "understood the decision"; Jacqueline Kennedy also stated if she had known that the Canaveral name had existed for 400 years, she never would have supported changing the name of the Cape. The space center retains the name Kennedy.


    For a more detailed history of the area: http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/SP-4204/cover.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Javaphile link=1144360229/0#3 date=1144529790

    From 1963 to 1973 it was called Cape Kennedy: President John F. Kennedy was an enthusiastic backer of the space program, and after his assassination in 1963, his widow Jacqueline Kennedy suggested to President Lyndon Johnson that renaming the Cape Canaveral space facility would be an appropriate memorial. However, Johnson recommended the renaming not just of the facility, but of the entire cape. Accordingly, Cape Canaveral was renamed Cape Kennedy.

    For a more detailed history of the area: http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/SP-4204/cover.html
    Thank you very much for this! Glad to know that Im not completely senile yet! ;D

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    Re: astronaut loves coffee

    Sorry Javaphile- I was in a rush and didnt have a chance togo through what went before- saw the story, laughed and had to chuck it out there for everyone. :)

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    Rayzurhead, yup, yup! :)

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