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Image 1 - Dryden Supported Many Aspects Of Space Shuttle Missions
2011-12-12 06:57:57

Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California's high desert, where NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center is located, was selected as the initial primary landing site for the space shuttles because of the safety margin presented by Rogers Dry Lake and its long runways, one of which stretches 7.5 miles. It was also the location of the approach and landing tests of the prototype shuttle Enterprise in 1977 that proved the bulky, high-drag shuttle could be safely maneuvered to a precise landing on...

X-37B Space Plane Mission Extended
2011-12-01 10:13:20

The US Air Force´s secretive X-37B space plane, launched on March 5, 2011, was designed to fly for 270 days. Day 270 came yesterday, but the military branch has decided to prolong its mission, with no sign of landing the craft any time soon. “It´s still up there,” Major Tracy Bunko, a Secretary of the Air Force spokesperson, told MSNBC. “On-orbit experimentation is continuing.” “Though we cannot predict when that will be complete, we are learning...

2011-11-01 04:49:40

NASA astronaut Chris Ferguson will return to his hometown on Nov. 7 to serve as the Philadelphia Eagles' Honorary Captain during the NFL's "Monday Night Football" game. The Eagles are hosting the Chicago Bears at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, beginning at 8:30 p.m. EDT. Ferguson will be recognized on the field for his dedication to America's space program and his leadership commanding the final flight of space shuttle Atlantis. The 13-day mission marked the end of the shuttle...

Three New Flight Directors Chosen To Lead NASA's Mission Control
2011-10-18 03:11:51

NASA has selected three new flight directors to manage International Space Station operations. Judd Frieling, Tomas Gonzalez-Torres and Greg Whitney will join a select group of human spaceflight leaders in the Christopher C. Kraft Jr. Mission Control Center at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. NASA's flight directors lead a team of flight controllers, support personnel and engineering experts from around the world. They also are involved in cargo and crew vehicle integration with the...

Endeavour Title Transferred To California Science Center
2011-10-11 12:08:23

NASA transferred title and ownership of space shuttle Endeavour to the California Science Center (CSC) during a ceremony Tuesday at the center in Los Angeles. The transfer is the first step toward CSC receiving Endeavour in the latter half of 2012. "NASA is pleased to share this wonderful orbiter with the California Science Center to help inspire a new generation of explorers," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. "The next chapter in space exploration begins now, and we're standing on...

NASA Confirms Exact Re-Entry Point Of UARS Satellite
2011-09-28 04:57:29

NASA announced the exact re-entry point of its Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) on Tuesday. The space agency said it entered the Earth's atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean at 14.1 degrees south latitude and 189.8 degrees east longitude on Friday, September 23. The area is about 4,000 miles southwest of the area the space agency had originally said was the most likely spot for re-entry. "This location is over a broad, remote ocean area in the Southern Hemisphere, far from any...


Latest Edwards Air Force Base Reference Libraries

Lodewijk van den Berg
2012-10-27 13:54:11

Lodewijk van den Berg is a naturalized American chemical engineer born in the Netherlands whom was rather dedicated to crystal growth and also rode aboard as a payload specialist on the 1985 Space Shuttle Challenger mission. He was born in Sluiskil, Netherlands on March 24, 1932. He worked to get his Engineer’s degree in chemical engineering at the Delft University of Technology in Netherlands from 1949 to 1961. After moving to the United States, Van den Berg continued his education to...

David Walker
2012-10-27 13:40:43

David Walker was a United States Navy officer and a NASA astronaut. He was born David Mathieson Walker on May 20, 1944 in Columbus, Georgia and graduated from Eustis High School in Eustis, Florida in 1962. He then went on to attend the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland and received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1966. Upon graduation, he went through flight training in Florida, Mississippi, and Texas and was subsequently named a Naval Aviator in December 1967. His first...

Tamara Jernigan
2012-10-22 11:04:53

Tamara Jernigan is an American scientist and former NASA astronaut. She was born Tamara Elizabeth "Tammy" Jernigan on May 7, 1959 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She attended Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe Springs, CA and graduated in 1977. She then went on to attend Stanford University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1981 and a Master of Science degree in engineering science in 1983. While at Stanford, she was a member of the varsity volleyball team. Following her...

Steven Hawley
2012-10-22 10:43:54

Steven Hawley is a former NASA astronaut. He was born Steven Alan Hawley on December 12, 1951 in Ottawa, Kansas. He graduated from Salina High School Central in Salina, Kansas in 1969 and continued on to The University of Kansas, where he received two Bachelor of Arts degrees in physics and astronomy. After graduating with the highest distinction of his class and spending summers as a research assistant at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia, Hawley received...

Henry Hartsfield
2012-10-18 13:36:10

Henry Hartsfield is a retired United States Air Force officer and a former NASA astronaut. He was born Henry Warren "Hank" Hartsfield, Jr. on November 21, 1933 in Birmingham, Alabama where he was raised. He graduated from West End High School and went on to attend Auburn University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics in 1954 and received his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Program. He joined the Air Force a year after his graduation and was assigned to the...

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