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2012-04-18 10:20:43

SEATTLE, April 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Eight months after announcing Space Race 2012, a program that celebrates its iconic history, the Space Needle has chosen five lucky finalists to compete in a variety of challenges for a chance to fulfill their dream of traveling into space. The contestants will gather in Seattle next month to kick-off the last leg of the competition, with the winner being announced on May 9. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120418/SF90384) After more than...

2012-02-21 18:45:00

SEATTLE, Feb. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- From 50,000 to 1,000 to 20, candidates for the Space Needle's Space Race 2012 are nearing the final competition. The program, announced in August, 2011, will send a person into space as part of the Space Needle's 50th anniversary celebration. One thousand entrants were randomly selected from the initial field of 50,000 applicants from around the country. Those 1,000 were invited to submit videos highlighting why they are the best candidate for...

2004-11-29 12:00:17

ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Neither age nor gravity stopped 80-year-old Dorothy Simpson from flying into record books. Recently, Mrs. Simpson officially became the world's oldest woman to experience weightlessness on a Zero-Gravity flight with Space Adventures, Ltd., the world's leading space experiences company. Guinness World Records, the global leader in comprehensive and authentic world records, has officially certified Mrs. Simpson's incredible achievement. (Photo:...


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2012-10-01 17:31:15

Norman Earl Thagard is considered to be the first American cosmonaut. He is an American scientist and has retired from being a NASA astronaut after his selection in 1978. He also achieved Medical Doctor and climbed the ranks in the United States Marine Corps to Captain. Thagard logged 140 days, 13 hours and 24 minutes in space before retirement. He currently is a professor at the Florida State University in the College of Engineering. Thagard was born in Marianna, Florida on July 3, 1943...

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2012-03-24 10:08:27

Discovery launched from Kennedy Space Center on January 22, 1992 at 9:52 AM EST and landed at Edwards AFB on January 30 at 9:52 AM EST. The shuttle orbited 129 times at an altitude of 163 nautical miles at an inclination of 57 degrees and travelled 2.9 million miles. The mission lasted 8 days, 1 hour, 14 minutes, and 44 seconds. The mission was to study the human nervous system in low gravity, and the effects of low (micro) gravity on other life forms such as shrimp eggs, lentil seedlings,...

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2012-03-24 09:33:33

Atlantis launched from Kennedy Space Center on May 4, 1989 at 2:46 PM EDT and landed at Edwards Air Force Base on May 8 at 12:43 PM PDT. The shuttle orbited 65 times at an altitude of 184 nautical miles at an inclination of 28.8 degrees and travelled 1.7 million miles. The mission lasted 4 days, 0 hours, 56 minutes, and 27 seconds. The primary mission was the launch of the Magellan probe that would travel to and study the planet Venus, adding vastly to our store of knowledge about our...

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2012-03-10 08:56:24

Challenger launched from Kennedy Space Center on April 29, 1985 at 12:02 PM EDT and landed at Edwards Air Force Base on May 6 at 9:11 AM PDT. The shuttle orbited 111 times at an altitude of 222 nautical miles and at an inclination of 57 degrees and travelled 2.9 million miles. The mission lasted 7 days, 0 hours, 8 minutes, and 46 seconds. The flight was first manifested as 51-E but it was rolled back from pad due to a timing problem with the TDRS-B payload. Mission 51-E was cancelled and...

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2012-03-03 12:39:01

The second flight of Challenger was launched from Kennedy Space Center on June 18, 1983 at 7:33 AM (EDT) and landed on June 24, 1983 at 6:56 AM (PDT). Challenger orbited 98 times at an altitude ranging from 160-170 nautical miles at an inclination of 28.5 degrees and travelled 2.5 million miles.  The mission duration was 6 days, 2 hours, 23 minutes, and 59 seconds. Sally Ride became the first American woman in space on this mission. Two Indonesian communications satellites were deployed....

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