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By Elizabeth Souder, The Dallas Morning News Jun.
The floor rumbles and roars as the space shuttle gets to blastoff speed. Minutes later, the vehicle pitches forward suddenly at engine cutoff, showing a serene view of Earth.
The thought of test launching a new spaceship with people aboard is unfathomable to NASA, which hopes to have a replacement for the space shuttle ready for test flights as early as 2016.
Moondust. "I wish I could send you some," says Apollo 17 astronaut Gene Cernan. Just a thimbleful scooped fresh off the lunar surface. "It's amazing stuff." How do you sniff moondust? Every Apollo astronaut did it.
Now this is a ski report: Clear skies, no wind, sweet slopes and deep powder -- not expected to melt for at least five billion years. Grab your poles and pack your bags. Just don't forget your spacesuit, because you're going to the moon.
Legendary astronaut John Young said Thursday, on the verge of his retirement, that NASA has not changed its safety culture since the Columbia accident but has done all it can to improve the space shuttle and should return to flight as soon as possible.
John Young was a NASA astronaut and engineer. He was born as John Watts Young on September 24, 1930 in San Francisco, California but was raised in Orlando, Florida. After high school, Young went to the Georgia Institute of Technology and graduated in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering. After his graduation, he entered the United States Navy and served as a Fire Control Officer on the USS Laws. He also completed a tour in the Korean Seas. About ten years...
Eugene Cernan was a NASA astronaut and an engineer. He was born David Eugene "Gene" Andrew Cernan on March 14, 1934 in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up in a diverse environment and graduated from Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois. He continued his education in Indiana at Purdue University, where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering. He was contracted into the United States Navy at Purdue, and began flying jets as a Naval Aviator. In 1963, he obtained a Masters...
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