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Engineers Flip Adapter Furthering Progress Toward 2014 Exploration Flight Test
2013-05-23 10:18:59

[ Watch The Video Flipping Adapters for Space Launch System ] NASA Engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., recently flipped an adapter -- no easy feat when you're talking about 1,000 pounds of aluminum -- furthering progress toward Exploration Flight Test (EFT)-1 in 2014 and providing early experience for Space Launch System (SLS) hardware ahead of the rocket's first flight in 2017. The flip is an important step in finishing the machining work on the...

2013-05-21 14:43:27

The Aerospace Club of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., took first prize in the 2013 annual NASA Student Launch Projects challenge, in which student teams design, build and fly small rockets with science payloads to an altitude of 1 mile and return them safely to Earth. After two consecutive third-place finishes, Vanderbilt beat 35 other colleges and universities to win the $5,000 top prize, provided by ATK Aerospace Group of Promontory, Utah. The University of Louisville in...

NASA Kicks Off 20th Great Moonbuggy Race
2013-04-26 15:50:25

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA's annual Great Moonbuggy Race kicked off today in Huntsville, Alabama, marking 20 years since the competition began. The annual Great Moonbuggy Race involves high school- and college-aged students who build lightweight, human-powered "moonbuggies" that address many of the same design challenges NASA and industry engineers overcame during the Apollo missions. In the late 1960s, NASA engineers designed the Apollo-era Lunar...

Engineers Begin Acoustic Testing On NASA's Space Launch System
2013-04-17 15:20:18

NASA Test conductors at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., are making progress on the agency's new rocket by listening closely to the roar of four thrusters. The agency is developing the new rocket, called the Space Launch System, or SLS, at Marshall. This vehicle will enable space exploration beyond low-Earth orbit and take astronauts farther into space than ever before. Marshall engineers recently assembled and ignited a sub-scale collection of thrusters to...

2013-03-28 10:37:07

NASA has selected seven small businesses to provide a variety of program support services for the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The blanket purchase agreements have no minimum or maximum value. There is a five-year ordering period. Tasks will be performance-based, fixed-price, or time and material orders. The agreements include a one-year base period followed by four one-year options that may be exercised at NASA's discretion. Under the Marshall Integrated...


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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
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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