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Marsha Ivins
2012-10-02 09:51:47

Marsha Sue Ivins is a former American astronaut veteran officially retired from NASA on December 31, 2010 after completing five successful space missions in her 30 year career with NASA. Ivins was born April 15, 1951 in Baltimore Maryland. She got her aerospace engineering degree from the University of Boulder in 1973. With that degree, Marsha secured a position in technical support with NASA at the Johnson Space Center. Initially, Ivins main project was to work on orbiter displays and...

Anthony W. England
2012-10-01 17:09:22

Anthony Wayne "Tony" England is an American geochemist selected by NASA as an astronaut in 1967. England logged 7 days, 22 hours, and 45 minutes in space as well as numerous support contributions before his retirement. England was born May 15, 1942 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He attended primary school in Indiana but his family relocated and made his new hometown West Fargo, North Dakota. England graduated from high school in North Dakota. England’s academic achievement allowed him to...

sts-32
2012-03-24 09:42:00

Columbia launched from Kennedy Space Center on January 9, 1990 at 1:35 AM EST and landed at Edwards Air Force Base on January 20 at 1:35 AM PST. The shuttle orbited 172 times at an altitude of 178 nautical miles at an inclination of 28.5 degrees and travelled 4.5 million miles. The mission lasted 10 days, 21 hours, 0 minutes, and 36 seconds. At nearly eleven days this was by far the longest shuttle mission to date. The launch scheduled for December 18, 1989 was postponed to complete and...

sts-61a
2012-03-10 09:07:55

Challenger launched from Kennedy Space Center on October 30, 1985 at 12:00 PM EST and landed at Edwards Air Force Base on November 6 at 9:44 AM PST. The shuttle orbited 112 times at an altitude of 207 nautical miles at an inclination of 57 degrees. The mission lasted 7 days, 0 hours, 44 minutes, and 51 seconds. The dedicated German Spacelab (D-1) mission was conducted in a long module configuration, which featured a Vestibular Sled designed to give scientists data on the functional...

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Word of the Day
obdormition
  • Sleep; the state or condition of being asleep.
  • The state or condition of numbness of a part due to pressure on a nerve: as, the obdormition of a limb.
The word 'obdormition' comes from a Latin word meaning "to fall asleep".
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