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Remembering Gordon Cooper 50 Years After Mercury Mission
2013-05-14 12:26:58

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online May 15 marks the 50th anniversary of the first American to ever experience what it is like to sleep weightlessly. Astronaut Gordon Cooper launched aboard the final Mercury mission May 15, 1963, logging in more time in space than all the previous Mercury astronauts combined. He flew the Faith 7 spacecraft around the Earth 22 times and logged in over 34 hours in space. Mercury was America's first human space flight program. It included a...

Apollo 1 Tribute
2013-01-28 04:08:17

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online President John F. Kennedy put the call out nearly half a decade ago that man would be reaching new heights by walking on the moon, and Sunday marked the occasion that saw the first step in that vision as the Apollo 1 crew made preparations for their mission. On January 27, 1967 astronauts braved unknown conditions and stepped into their Apollo capsule with the goal of making preparations for future journeys to the moon. However, the...

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2010-05-04 08:34:43

Guenter Wendt, the legendary pad leader who often was the last person astronauts saw before going into space, died at his home Monday morning in Merritt Island, Fla., within a few miles of NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Wendt had been hospitalized with congestive heart failure and suffered a stroke. He was 85. He worked at Kennedy for 34 years. Wendt, a naturalized American originally from Germany, spoke with a thick accent and made a reputation as a strict overseer of the launch pads and...

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2009-05-16 14:55:00

James Webb garnered tremendous praise for his management acumen as NASA's administrator during the race to space and the moon. But along with setting a course for a clearly left-brained organization focused on engineering and inventing technology, Webb also gave NASA room for the right-brain to breathe a bit.In 1962, Webb sent a two-paragraph memo that suggested involving artists to help tell the agency's story of adventure.That was all James Dean needed to start a program that would produce...

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2005-08-29 13:20:00

MADISON, Conn. -- A 15-year-old girl with a Web site, a summer of free time and an astronaut for a hero is trying to solve a 3-year-old dispute over one of NASA's earliest space suits. The family of pioneering astronaut Gus Grissom has been trying to get NASA to give them his 1961 Mercury space suit. NASA says the suit is government property and an artifact that should be kept at the Astronaut Hall of Fame in Florida. Enter Amanda Meyer, space enthusiast and co-captain of her school's...


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