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2010-12-21 13:48:32

Christmas Eve, 1968. As one of the most turbulent, tragic years in American history drew to a close, millions around the world were watching and listening as the Apollo 8 astronauts -- Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders -- became the first humans to orbit another world. As their command module floated above the lunar surface, the astronauts beamed back images of the moon and Earth and took turns reading from the book of Genesis, closing with a wish for everyone "on the good Earth." "We...

2010-12-20 18:00:00

Space shuttle Discovery is scheduled to roll back from Launch Pad 39A to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida for additional work related to its final scheduled mission. The first motion of the shuttle is targeted for 12:30 a.m. EST on Tuesday, Dec. 21. In the VAB, technicians will scan below the foam insulation surrounding the intertank section of Discovery's external tank to look for any issues, such as cracks. They also will reapply foam after...

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2010-12-03 09:40:46

The annual NASA Student Launch Projects rocketry challenge, now under way, promises to send aloft more rockets than ever before in its 11-year history. And some of them, for the first time ever, will splash down in the Atlantic Ocean instead of dropping into a North Alabama cornfield.More than 500 student rocketeers from 26 states will take part in the 2010-11 launch projects. Nineteen middle school and high school teams will tackle the Student Launch Initiative, while 33 college and...

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2010-11-19 09:15:00

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has visited and photographed two craters informally named for the spacecraft that carried men to the moon 41 years ago this week. Opportunity drove past "Yankee Clipper" crater on Nov. 4 and reached "Intrepid crater" on Nov. 9. For NASA's Apollo 12, the second mission to put humans onto the moon, the command and service module was called Yankee Clipper, piloted by Dick Gordon, and the lunar module was named Intrepid, piloted by Alan Bean and commanded...

2010-10-27 10:42:00

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 27, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Goodrich Corporation (NYSE: GR) will continue to supply its gun hard inertial measurement unit for the Raytheon Excalibur precision-guided artillery round. The U.S. Army recently announced the selection of Raytheon for phase 1b of the Excalibur program. The inertial measurement unit (IMU) provides accurate guidance data for the artillery round throughout flight and is supplied by Plymouth, UK-based Atlantic Inertial Systems (AIS), which...

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2010-10-15 08:35:00

Four decades after the first NASA lunar rover rolled across the surface of the moon, innovative students are preparing to design and build a new generation of wheeled wonders. Registration is open for the 18th annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race, set for April 1-2, 2011, in Huntsville, Ala. Participating schools and institutions may register one or two vehicles and teams. Registration closes Feb. 1. For complete rules, vehicle design parameters and registration for the race, visit:...

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2010-10-14 12:30:00

NASA and Gowalla, a mobile and web service, have partnered to bring users one small step closer to the universe. The partnership populates Gowalla with NASA-related information and four virtual items -- moon rocks, a NASA patch, a spacesuit and a space shuttle -- that can be found at agency-related venues. "NASA's partnership with Gowalla is a creative way for us to reach out and share information about what the nation's space agency is doing," said Bob Jacobs, NASA's deputy associate...

2010-09-30 08:00:00

NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- After 37 years and 136 tanks delivered, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) production of the Space Shuttle External Tank (ET) has come to an end at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The final tank arrived at Kennedy Space Center on September 27, ending a production program that began with contract award on September 5, 1973. Two shuttle launches remain in the program -- on November 1 this year and February 26 next year. "The Space...

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2010-09-28 12:10:00

An astronomer stated today that long-lost footage of Neil Armstrong descending the ladder of the Apollo 11 lunar module will be screened in public for the first time in Sydney next week. John Sarkissian told AFP that the footage runs for a few minutes and is considered to be some of the best footage of the moonwalk.  However, the film was lost in archives for many years and was much damaged when found. The footage depicts the first few minutes of Armstrong's descent, which Australia...

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2010-09-14 11:39:31

The moon is the Earth's nearest celestial neighbor and a geologic wonderland. There are mountains that are many miles high, lava flows several hundred miles long and enormous lava tubes and craters of every size. It is the brightest object in the night sky and has profoundly influenced the course of human civilization. For early humans, the moon provided lighting for hunting and defined when crops should be planted and harvested. Markings of lunar phases appear in cave paintings in France and...


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2012-10-25 11:30:42

Ronald Ellwin Evans, Jr. was an astronaut that worked with NASA on the Apollo missions and served as a Captain in the United States Navy. Evans is one of the twenty-four astronauts to fly to the moon. . Evans was born on November 10, 1933 in St. Francis, Kansas. He graduated from Highland Park High School in Topeka, Kansas. Boy Scouts of America played a huge role in Evans youth as he attained the highest level of Life Scout. Evans then went on to study at the University of Kansas...

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2011-01-04 16:35:18

Vance Brand is an engineer and former test pilot and NASA astronaut. He was born Vance DeVoe Brand on May 9, 1931 in Longmont, Colorado. As a child, he was active in Troop 64 of the Boy Scouts of America and in the International Order of DeMolay. He graduated from Longmont High School and then went on to receive a Bachelor's degree in Business from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1953. Immediately after his graduation, Brand was commissioned as an officer and a naval aviator with the...

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2010-12-03 15:11:46

Frank Borman is a retired NASA astronaut and engineer. He was born Frank Frederick Borman, II on March 14, 1928 in Gary, Indiana. His father moved his family to Tucson, Arizona during Borman's childhood. He graduated from Tucson High School and then graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1950. Upon his graduation, he entered the United States Air Force and became a fighter pilot. He received his Master of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from the California Institute...

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2010-11-19 16:02:45

William Anders is a former United States Air Force officer, NASA astronaut, businessman, and engineer. He is also one of the first three people to have left Earth orbit and traveled to the Moon. He was born William Alison Anders on October 17, 1933 in Hong Kong. As a child, he was active in the Boy Scouts of America and achieved its second highest rank, Life Scout. Anders graduated from Grossmont High School in La Mesa, California. After receiving his high school diploma, he was accepted into...

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2010-11-19 15:53:27

Roger Chaffee was an American aeronautical engineer, a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy and a NASA astronaut in the Apollo program. He was born Roger Bruce Chaffee on February 15, 1935 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he graduated from Central High School. In 1957 he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Purdue University. That same year, he married Martha Horn in Oklahoma City on August 24. They had two children, Sheryl Lyn and Stephen. Chaffee was a...

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