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Pioneering Mercury Astronauts Launched Future Of America
2014-05-05 04:00:29

By Bob Granath, NASA From ancient astronomers to fantasy authors to modern-day scientists, visionaries dreamed for centuries about travel beyond Earth into outer space. On a spring day in 1959, America's fledgling space agency introduced seven military test pilots who would turn the stuff of science fiction into the "right stuff," launching the nation into the future. Over the coming years these new astronauts would make frequent trips to Florida's Space Coast and Cape Canaveral Air...

Scott Carpenter, One Of The Original Seven NASA Astronauts, Dies
2013-10-11 06:17:54

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Malcolm Scott Carpenter, one of the original seven astronauts to go into space, has died at the age of 88. His death leaves John H. Glenn Jr. as the sole surviving member of NASA’s first class of astronauts. Carpenter’s wife Patty, announced the death but had given no cause. It was known that he entered hospice care recently after suffering a stroke. A NASA statement said he died from complications due to stroke. "We have...

Remembering Gordon Cooper 50 Years After Mercury Mission
2013-05-14 12:26:58

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online May 15 marks the 50th anniversary of the first American to ever experience what it is like to sleep weightlessly. Astronaut Gordon Cooper launched aboard the final Mercury mission May 15, 1963, logging in more time in space than all the previous Mercury astronauts combined. He flew the Faith 7 spacecraft around the Earth 22 times and logged in over 34 hours in space. Mercury was America's first human space flight program. It included a...

Apollo Astronaut Returns Camera To NASA
2011-11-01 04:55:52

According to papers filed on Thursday of last week, federal prosecutors and former astronaut Edgar Mitchell have settled on an agreement over a camera brought back during the Apollo 14 moon mission. Mitchell claimed the camera was a gift from NASA, which he tried auctioning off.  The papers said Mitchell will give up any claim to the 16 mm motion picture camera and agree to return it to NASA.  The Apollo 14 camera shot the final five minutes of the Antares landing. Both...

2011-05-05 20:21:00

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., May 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, as NASA celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first U.S. manned spaceflight at an event at the Kennedy Space Center, IBM (NYSE: IBM) is commemorating its team of mathematicians and technologists who supported the Project Mercury missions in the 1960s. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110427/NY88642 ) In a video released by IBM, Professor Arthur Cohen, the mathematician who led IBM's team that supported Project...

2011-05-05 10:17:01

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden issued the following statement Thursday, May 5, about the 50th anniversary of United States human spaceflight: "50 years ago today, Alan Shepard rocketed into space on America's first manned space mission. That flight set our nation on a path of exploration and discovery that continues to this day. "May 5, 1961, was a good day. When Alan Shepard launched toward the stars that day, no American had ever done so, and the world waited on pins and needles praying...

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2011-05-05 08:07:38

The team exploring Mars via NASA's Opportunity rover for the past seven years has informally named a Martian crater for the Mercury spacecraft that astronaut Alan Shepard christened Freedom 7. On May 5, 1961, Shepard piloted Freedom 7 in America's first human spaceflight. The team is using Opportunity this week to acquire images covering a cluster of small, relatively young craters along the rover's route toward a long-term destination. The cluster's largest crater, spanning about 25 meters...

2011-05-04 12:58:00

Two Stamps Recognize 50th Anniversary of First Manned Spaceflight KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., May 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Postal Service dedicated two stamps today commemorating two historic events -- one that occurred a half century ago, and the second that's making history now. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110504/DC95506) The 50th anniversary of America's first manned spaceflight and an unmanned spacecraft currently charting planet Mercury were...


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2010-10-11 21:49:39

Alan Shepard was a naval aviator and NASA astronaut. He was the second person, and the first American, in space. He was also the fifth person to walk on the moon. He was born Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr. on November 18, 1923 in Derry, New Hampshire. Upon his completion of high school, Shepard's continuing education would last several more years. He started at the United States Naval Academy, where he received his Bachelor degree in 1944. In 1945, Shepard married his sweetheart, Louise Brewer....

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Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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