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2008-08-21 09:01:14

AMBER WITHAM, daughter of Mel and Barb Witham, graduated from Empire Beauty School in Hooksett. MARISSA SPLENDORE won a semifinalist spot in the Discovery Channel's Young Scientist Challenge. Splendore, 11, is a student of Kimball School. Christopher Dustin, son of Darrin and Heidi Dustin, will attend St. Michael's College, where he will major in chemistry. Dustin is a member of the Bishop Brady High School Class of 2008, where he was a member of the National Honor Society and the...

2008-06-27 15:00:00

Veteran space shuttle astronaut Barbara R. Morgan will leave NASA in August to become an educator at Idaho's Boise State University. NASAs first educator astronaut, Morgan logged more than 305 hours in space aboard shuttle Endeavours STS-118 assembly mission to the International Space Station in August 2007. She operated the shuttle and station robotic arms to install hardware, inspect the orbiter and support spacewalks. Morgan also served as loadmaster for the transfer of supplies between...

2008-04-30 21:00:00

CHICAGO -- One night 24 years ago, Barbara Morgan watched the news and saw an opportunity she said she could not resist, setting in motion two decades of effort, a lot of heartache and a display of "tenacity and perseverance" that the Adler Planetarium will honor Thursday with its 2008 Women in Space Science Award. She was a second-grade teacher in McCall, Idaho, when the National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced that it was recruiting educators for its Teacher in Space...

2007-08-21 21:22:20

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Adapting to weightlessness was hard. Readapting to gravity was even tougher for teacher-astronaut Barbara Morgan. Morgan passed up the opportunity to check out space shuttle Endeavour with her six crewmates after Tuesday's landing. She was too weak and wobbly and hinted that she was nauseous, as well. "Actually, I was doing some good science back there," she later said with a laugh, referring to how she remained in the crew-transport vehicle following touchdown. "The...

2007-08-10 20:00:00

NASA discovered a worrisome gouge on Endeavour's belly soon after the shuttle docked with the international space station Friday, possibly caused by ice that broke off the fuel tank a minute after liftoff. The gouge - about 3 inches square - was spotted in zoom-in photography taken by the space station crew shortly before Endeavour delivered teacher-astronaut Barbara Morgan and her six crewmates to the orbiting outpost. "What does this mean? I don't know at this point," said John Shannon,...

2007-08-08 17:50:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Space shuttle Endeavour blasted in orbit Wednesday carrying teacher-astronaut Barbara Morgan, who after more than two decades is finally carrying out the dream of Christa McAuliffe and the rest of the fallen Challenger crew. Endeavour and its crew of seven rose from the seaside pad at 6:36 p.m., right on time, and pierced a solidly blue sky. They're expected to reach the international space station on Friday. Once Endeavour was safely past the 73-second mark of the...

2007-08-03 10:35:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- When former schoolteacher Barbara Morgan leaves Earth on a space shuttle next week, she hopes her students back in Idaho learn a lesson from her 22-year wait to get into orbit: perseverance and patience. That's what defines teachers, said the astronaut, who is achieving her dream at age 55. Morgan will fly with six other astronauts to the international space station on the shuttle Endeavour, assuming launch goes forward on Tuesday as planned. The mission comes less...

2006-01-24 19:20:00

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- The Challenger explosion left an indelible impression on Renee Sotile, who, like so many starry-eyed students in 1986, had been captivated by a teacher who was part of the ill-fated crew heading to space. What stuck with Sotile, then a teenager in Rochester, N.Y., wasn't Christa McAuliffe's very public death in a corkscrew-shaped column of smoke that told a live television audience that she and the six other astronauts had been killed. Instead, it was memories of...

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2012-03-10 09:17:29

Challenger launched from Kennedy Space Center on January 28, 1986 at 11:38 AM EST and blew up 1 minute and 13 seconds later as a result of launch malfunctions. The shuttle was lost with all seven crew members. The Challenger disaster shook the confidence of the entire nation. As a personal note, this writer was in Mrs. Cook’s sixth grade class in Abilene, Texas. I was already an avid fan of the space program at that time. Most of us were. The class was watching this particular launch...

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  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.