Space News Archive - December 30, 2008
U.S. military rockets can send astronauts safely to the moon sooner and for billions of dollars less than NASA's troubled Ares I rocket, documents suggest. The documents, obtained by the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel, were presented to the transition team of President-elect Barack Obama three weeks ago.
NASA is hoping to fill the soon-to-come space gap with the help of private firms.
NASA on Tuesday revealed new details on the failed flight of space shuttle Columbia, which resulted in the deaths of seven astronauts on Feb 1, 2003.
- A pivoted catch designed to fall into a notch on a ratchet wheel so as to allow movement in only one direction (e.g. on a windlass or in a clock mechanism), or alternatively to move the wheel in one direction.