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2012-07-02 22:03:33

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The countdown from ten down to one may seem like an eternity for astronauts who are about to embark on a journey to outer space, but its a feeling that has been happening for over 50 years now on Merritt Island. The Kennedy Space Center turned 50-years-old on Sunday, making the half-century mark from the time it first opened for business as NASA's Launch Operations Center on July 1, 1962. Through the years, the space complex has...

Tile Makers Creating Orion Shield
2012-03-07 04:41:41

Workers recently began cutting and coating the first thermal protection system tiles — part of the heat shield that will protect an Orion spacecraft during an upcoming flight test which will simulate the re-entry speed and heating of returning from deep space. The tiles are made of the same material and coating as those used on the space shuttle's belly. On Orion, however, the tiles will be placed along the sides and top of the conical spacecraft. A separate heat shield akin to the...

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2009-09-01 14:40:09

The U.S. space agency says it has completed the preliminary design review of its next crew exploration vehicle -- the Orion spacecraft. The space agency said Orion is being designed to carry astronauts to the International Space Station and other destinations and the preliminary design review is one of a series of procedures that occur before hardware manufacturing can begin. Officials said the review assessed the overall system is safe and reliable for flight and meets all NASA mission...

2009-04-07 13:36:50

U.S. space agency scientists say they've selected the heat shield material that will protect a new generation of astronauts when they return from the moon. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said after extensive study, it chose the Avcoat ablator system for the Orion crew module. Orion is part of NASA's Constellation Program -- the country's next-generation spacecraft system. The Orion crew module is to begin carrying astronauts to the International Space Station in 2015 and to...

2007-10-04 12:35:25

As NASA revamps Launch Complex 39B to host the new Orion spacecraft and Ares I rocket of the Constellation Program, engineers are preparing to install a new kind of departure system to evacuate astronauts. The agency calls it the Orion Emergency Egress System, but it is fundamentally a group of multi-passenger cars on a set of rails reminiscent of a roller coaster. Its purpose is to move astronauts and ground crew quickly from the vehicle entry on the launch pad to a protective concrete...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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