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Pioneering Mercury Astronauts Launched Future Of America
2014-05-05 04:00:29

By Bob Granath, NASA From ancient astronomers to fantasy authors to modern-day scientists, visionaries dreamed for centuries about travel beyond Earth into outer space. On a spring day in 1959, America's fledgling space agency introduced seven military test pilots who would turn the stuff of science fiction into the "right stuff," launching the nation into the future. Over the coming years these new astronauts would make frequent trips to Florida's Space Coast and Cape Canaveral Air...

Scott Carpenter Pioneered Exploration In Space And The Oceans
2013-10-28 06:38:26

NASA As the second American to orbit the Earth and one of the "Original 7" Mercury astronauts, Scott Carpenter was one of the icons of NASA's early efforts to explore the new frontier of space. Carpenter died Oct. 11, at the age of 88 from complications following a recent stroke. He had been living in Vail, Colo. “The world mourns the passing of Scott Carpenter," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. "As one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts, he was in the first vanguard of...

Scott Carpenter, One Of The Original Seven NASA Astronauts, Dies
2013-10-11 06:17:54

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Malcolm Scott Carpenter, one of the original seven astronauts to go into space, has died at the age of 88. His death leaves John H. Glenn Jr. as the sole surviving member of NASA’s first class of astronauts. Carpenter’s wife Patty, announced the death but had given no cause. It was known that he entered hospice care recently after suffering a stroke. A NASA statement said he died from complications due to stroke. "We have...

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...

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2007-05-05 19:40:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- More than two dozen former astronauts assembled Saturday at the Kennedy Space Center to honor the Astronaut Hall of Fame's newest inductees also remembered Wally Schirra, one of the space program's legendary old-timers. Schirra, who died Thursday at 84, was one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts and the fifth American in space. Colleagues recalled his steely nerves and jokester's sensibility. Saturday marked the Hall's induction of space shuttle astronauts...


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2010-10-12 13:43:01

Gordon Cooper was an American engineer and astronaut, and was the first American to sleep in orbit. He was born Leroy Gordon Cooper, Jr. on March 6, 1927 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America and achieved the second highest rank of Life Scout. He attended the University of Hawaii and completed three years of coursework before he received an Army commission. Cooper met his first wife Trudy and married her in 1947. Together they had two children, Camala and Janita....

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2010-10-11 21:49:39

Alan Shepard was a naval aviator and NASA astronaut. He was the second person, and the first American, in space. He was also the fifth person to walk on the moon. He was born Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr. on November 18, 1923 in Derry, New Hampshire. Upon his completion of high school, Shepard's continuing education would last several more years. He started at the United States Naval Academy, where he received his Bachelor degree in 1944. In 1945, Shepard married his sweetheart, Louise Brewer....

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Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.