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Neil Armstrong moonwalking
2014-09-22 03:00:12

Anyone who has seen the movies of Neil Armstrong's first bounding steps on the moon couldn't fail to be intrigued by his unusual walking style. But, contrary to popular belief, the astronaut's peculiar walk was not the result of low gravity.


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Michael Gernhardt
2012-10-18 12:01:17

Michael Gernhardt is a NASA astronaut. He was born Michael Landon Gernhardt on May 4, 1956 in Mansfield, Ohio. He was raised there and graduated from Malabar High School in 1974. He then went on to attend Vanderbilt University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics in 1978. While at Vanderbilt, Gernhardt began working as a professional diver and project engineer on multiple underwater oil field construction and repair projects around the world. During this time, he completed...

sts-69
2012-05-12 09:27:49

Endeavor launched from Kennedy Space Center on September 7, 1995 at 11:09 AM EDT and landed at Kennedy on September 18 at 7:37 AM EDT. The shuttle orbited 171 times at an altitude of 190 nautical miles at an inclination of 28.4 degrees and travelled 4.5 million miles. The mission lasted 10 days, 20 hours, 28 minutes and 56 seconds. STS-69 marked the first time two different payloads were retrieved and deployed during the same mission. Also featured was a spacewalk to practice for...

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Word of the Day
pawl
  • A pivoted catch designed to fall into a notch on a ratchet wheel so as to allow movement in only one direction (e.g. on a windlass or in a clock mechanism), or alternatively to move the wheel in one direction.
The word 'pawl' probably comes from a Latin word meaning 'stake'.
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