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2008-07-24 09:00:56

DENVER, July 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Apollo Gold Corporation ("Apollo" or the "Company") (TSX:APG, AMEX:AGT) today announced that it has closed the previously announced offering of units ("Units"). A total of 40,806,500 Units were subscribed for at a price of Cdn$0.50 per Unit (US$0.495 per Unit for purchasers residing in the United States), for total gross proceeds of $20,215,750 and US$185,625. Each Unit is comprised of one common share and one-half of one common share purchase...

2008-03-26 06:57:25

The combination of Snoopy and outer space proved irresistible to one eager bidder, who tendered the winning offer for the most expensive item sold Tuesday at an auction of air and space artifacts. An online bidder paid $41,825 for a checklist that astronauts used aboard Apollo 10 during rendezvous and mission maneuvers on its lunar module, nicknamed Snoopy, said Kelley Norwine, a spokeswoman with Heritage Auction Galleries. The checklist also contains an original signed sketch of Snoopy by...

2008-02-12 07:30:11

New research has revealed the seemingly gentle touchdowns of the six Apollo Lunar Modules (LMs) on the moon between 1969 and 1972 were actually incredibly violent events. The Lunar Module's descent engine blew out high-velocity lunar particles that strafed the landscape. "The smallest particles were seen by the Apollo astronauts to fly right out over the horizon and keep on going," said Philip Metzger of NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC). "Depending on the actual velocity they may have gone...

2008-02-04 09:00:00

NASA took a step toward sending a new generation of explorers to the moon with the groundbreaking for a new test launch pad at White Sands Missile Range Nov. 14. NASA and a handful of community representatives broke ground at the Launch Complex-32 site, where the Orion Abort Flight Test Launch Complex will be built. The pad will be the site of a series of tests of the launch abort system that will help ensure the safety of astronauts aboard the Orion spacecraft, NASA's crew exploration...

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2007-11-26 09:25:00

At Cape Canaveral, not far from the launch pad where the space shuttle lifts off, there's a ragged hole in a chain link fence. Its message: Watch out for flying boulders. "The powerful exhaust of the shuttle's solid rocket boosters blasts concrete out of the flame trench below the engines," explains physicist Phil Metzger of the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). "On some launches, boulders of concrete up to a half meter wide are blown out as far as a half a kilometer away, traveling fast enough to...

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2007-10-18 10:35:00

American plans now call for a return of humans to the Moon by around 2020. What can we hope to gain from such a program? It will be helpful to look back at our first lunar program, Apollo, and ask what we got from it, beside some 850 pounds of rock and soil "“ fascinating to geologists, but perhaps not to all taxpayers. I will try to summarize highlights of the payoff from Apollo. What was the "Apollo Program"? There was much more to it than Neil Armstrong's "one small step," and even...

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2007-07-16 15:00:00

Accelerating from 0 to 60 then slowing down for a stop light is no problem for an ordinary automobile. But if you were piloting a rocketship, it wouldn't be so easy. Most rocket engines are designed to burn full-on (liftoff!) or full-off (coasting through space) with no in-between. And that can be a problem--namely, how do you land this thing? Throttling is crucial for a planetary lander. Descending from orbit is a unique balancing act, cutting engine power as the lander losses mass through...

2007-07-10 21:20:56

To: SCIENCE EDITORS Contact: James Hartsfield of NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, +1-281-483-5111 HOUSTON, July 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Johnson Space Center will host the grand opening of a restored Houston landmark and national treasure, the immense Saturn V rocket resting at the space center gate, on July 20, 38 years to the day after men first walked on the moon. The 30-story tall rocket is part of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum collection and one of...

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2007-05-21 13:20:52

Visitors to Kennedy Space Center in Florida recently poured into the Saturn V Center and curiously stepped up to a display. They watched as a small group of lab-coated experts surrounded an aluminum box about the size of a file cabinet. The air filled with cautious excitement as the box was slowly unbolted and carefully lowered, exposing the contents for the first time in decades. With an eye toward the future, the experts were working on a piece of history. NASA had commissioned the team...

2006-10-11 09:25:00

"She is riding like a dream." So said mission commander Walter Schirra as Apollo 7 rocketed into history on Oct. 11, 1968. During the 10-day mission, Apollo 7's crew -- Commander Walter Schirra, Command Service Module Pilot Donn F. Eisele and Lunar Module Pilot R. Walter Cunningham--paved the way for the missions to follow. Once Apollo 7 cleared the pad, a three-shift mission control team-led by flight directors Glynn Lunney, Eugene Kranz and Gerald D. Griffin in Houston took over. A little...


Latest Apollo spacecraft Reference Libraries

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2010-10-29 20:07:02

David Scott was a NASA astronaut who was the seventh person to walk on the Moon and the first person to drive on the Moon. He was born David Randolph Scott on June 6, 1932 on Randolph Air Force Base near San Antonio, Texas. As a child, he was active in the Boy Scouts of America and graduated from The Western High School in Washington, D.C. in June 1949, as an honor student and a record setting swimmer. After his first year of college, he received an invitation to attend West Point where he...

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2009-07-06 14:36:56

Orion is a spacecraft design that is being developed by the United States space agency NASA. When completed, each Orion spacecraft will carry a crew of up to six astronauts. Along with Orion, the Ares I launch vehicle is also being developed. Orion and Ares I are both part of NASA's Project Constellation. The project should be complete in 2010, when NASA wants to start planning on sending human explorers back to the Moon, and eventually Mars and other celestial bodies in the Solar System....

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