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SNC Dream Chaser Testing Begins At NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center
2013-05-16 08:00:03

NASA Sierra Nevada Corporation's (SNC) Space Systems Dream Chaser flight vehicle arrived at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif., Wednesday to begin tests of its flight and runway landing systems. The tests are part of pre-negotiated, paid-for-performance milestones with NASA's Commercial Crew Program (CCP), which is facilitating U.S.-led companies' development of spacecraft and rockets that can launch from American soil. The overall goal of CCP is to achieve safe,...

2013-04-17 12:12:38

For a second year, NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking proposals for suborbital technology payloads and spacecraft capability enhancements that could help revolutionize future space missions. Selected technologies will travel to the edge of space and back on U.S. commercial suborbital vehicles and platforms, providing opportunities for testing before they are sent to work in the unforgiving environment of space. The Game Changing Opportunities in Technology...

NASA Columbia Space Shuttle Launched 32 Years Ago Today
2013-04-12 14:45:43

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Thirty-two years ago today, the world got a little smaller as the best access man has ever had to space began when the first space shuttle launched from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. April 12, 1981 Space Shuttle Columbia launched on the STS-1 mission, kickstarting over 30 years of science exploration, as well as a few tragic moments. Astronaut John Young was the mission commander that day. He was a veteran of four...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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