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To Improve Rocket Designs NASA Engineers Will Crush Giant Fuel Tank
2013-12-09 12:24:33

NASA Think of it as high-tech can crushing. Only the can is enormous, as big as part of the largest rocket ever made. During a series of tests from Dec. 9-13 at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., engineers will apply nearly a million pounds of force to the top of an empty but pressurized rocket fuel tank. The test will eventually buckle and destroy the structure of the thin cylindrical tank wall while instruments precisely measure and record everything, millisecond...

Algorithms Plus F/A-18 Jet Equal Vital Testing For SLS Flight Control System
2013-11-20 08:27:56

NASA Raise your hand if, in a math class, you ever said, "When will I ever use this in my life?" Four young engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., can answer that question: They are using math to develop algorithms, or complex step-by-step equations, that can make an F/A-18 fighter jet fly like the Space Launch System (SLS) -- NASA's next heavy-lift launch vehicle. Marshall's Eric Gilligan and Tannen VanZwieten; Jeb Orr, a Draper Laboratory employee;...

NASA TV Plans Live Coverage Of Leonids Meteor Shower This Weekend
2013-11-15 09:27:49

[ Watch the Video: Catch The Leonids At Home Via Ustream ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Good news for those living in areas where it might be difficult to watch the 2013 Leonid meteor shower as it reaches peak conditions this weekend -- NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama will be providing a live Ustream video of the event. The Leonids will peak starting on the night of Saturday, November 16 and last into the early morning...

NASA Earthly Uses For Space Technology
2013-10-24 16:47:18

[ Watch the Video: Out-Of-This-World Space Tech Coming Back Down To Earth ] Enid Burns for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online One of the important outcomes of space exploration, beyond the study of what's out there among the stars, is the development of technologies and materials for use here on Earth. NASA is initiating a program that encourages the development of space technologies for more down-to-Earth uses. To create this pilot program NASA has joined with product development...

Hardware Ready For Pressure Testing In Preparation For Upcoming Orion Launch
2013-10-22 09:57:11

NASA The design and fabrication of critical flight hardware that will be used to keep NASA’s Orion spacecraft safe during launch was recently completed at Janicki Industries in Hamilton, Wash. The hardware arrived Sept. 26 at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. for final preparations before Orion's first mission planned for September 2014. Orion's stage adapter diaphragm serves as a barrier between the upper-stage of the launch vehicle and the spacecraft,...

NASA Engineers Compete In Unmanned Aircraft Challenge
2013-09-20 14:04:11

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online There’s nothing like a little friendly competition to push people outside their comfort zones. That’s the idea behind NASA’s recent unmanned aircraft competition held at the Kennedy Space Center. To win the competition, engineers had to build and pilot a radio-controlled aircraft through a series of search-and-rescue tasks. The aircraft had to be able to use sensors to identify the wreckage of an aircraft, a model "black box" and...


Latest Marshall Space Flight Center Reference Libraries

Owen Garriott
2012-10-02 10:26:07

Owen Garriott is a former United States Navy officer and NASA astronaut. He was born Owen Kay Garriott on November 22, 1930 in Enid, Oklahoma. In 1948 he graduated from Enid High School and then went on to attend the University of Oklahoma, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering in 1953. He subsequently joined the United States Navy and worked his way to the role of officer. However, just three years later Garriott decided to leave the Navy to pursue a higher...

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2013-03-16 00:00:00

Wernher von Braun (March 23, 1912 - June 16, 1977) was one of the leading figures in the development of rocket technology in Germany and the United States. His work on the Nazi rocket program made him a controversial figure. The controversy was captured in a song by satirist Tom Lehrer, who described him as "A man whose allegiance is ruled by expedience". He was born on in Wirsitz, Posen, Germany and his mother gave him a telescope upon his Lutheran confirmation. His interest in astronomy...

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Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • 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.