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2010-07-07 08:00:00

PROMONTORY, Utah, July 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Engineers and technicians at Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) and NASA have completed installation work on the second Ares I First Stage five-segment Development Motor (DM-2), in preparation for its static-fire, which is currently scheduled for early September. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100707/CG31370) (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100707/CG31370) The Ares I First Stage is the largest solid rocket motor...

2010-06-29 14:18:39

NASA has issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) seeking proposals and industry input on heavy-lift system concepts and propulsion technology. NASA is seeking an innovative path for human space exploration that strengthens its capability to extend human and robotic presence throughout the solar system. The information also may help lay the groundwork for humans to safely reach multiple potential destinations, including asteroids, Lagrange points, the moon and Mars. The total funding...

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2010-06-13 06:45:00

University students and professors from across the country and Puerto Rico will converge on NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia this month to learn how to build small experiments that can be launched on sounding rockets. This is part of a week-long workshop, known as RockOn!, that begins June 19. The 80 workshop participants will build standardized experiments that will fly on a NASA Terrier-Orion suborbital sounding rocket set to launch between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. EDT on June 24. The...

2010-06-11 12:30:00

WASHINGTON, June 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- University students and professors from across the country and Puerto Rico will converge on NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia this month to learn how to build small experiments that can be launched on sounding rockets. This is part of a week-long workshop, known as RockOn!, that begins June 19. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The 80 workshop participants will build standardized experiments that will fly...

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2010-06-10 11:00:00

A South Korean rocket exploded on Thursday less than three minutes after lift-off, offering another blow to the country's dreams of becoming a big player in the Asian space race. Science and Technology minister Ahn Byong-Man told reporters the Naro-1 rocket was thout to have blown up 137 seconds after its launch, the same time as ground control lost contact with it. "The Naro appeared to have exploded in flight," Ahn said, adding that Russian and South Korean engineers were trying to...

2010-06-03 17:37:00

PHILADELPHIA, June 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Chief Technologist, at the invitation of Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA), will meet the engineers and innovators of tomorrow in an extraordinary visit to the West Philly Hybrid X Team at West Philadelphia High School on Monday June 7 at 3 p.m. Building the next generation of automobiles today, these bright students are poised to be the future of space engineering as well. The prize-winning West Philly Hybrid X Team, under the direction...

2010-06-01 11:19:00

CANOGA PARK, Calif., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne celebrated 50 years of powering Delta-family rockets into orbit with the successful launch of the first NAVSTAR Global Positioning System (GPS) Block IIF military navigation satellite on May 27. The mission launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket with Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's RS-68 and RL10 engines providing booster and upper-stage propulsion,...

2010-05-26 17:03:00

MOJAVE, Calif., May 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Masten Space Systems, a leader in vertical take off, vertical landing (VTVL) rocket vehicles, successfully demonstrated in-air engine re-light capability today at the company's test facility in Mojave, CA. Xombie, Masten's most-flown vehicle, carried out the test Wednesday and became the first VTVL vehicle to successfully re-light a rocket engine in flight. VTVL launch vehicles conserve fuel by shutting down their engines during the coast and...

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2010-05-18 10:00:00

Japanese officials said on Tuesday that they have postponed the launch of a rocket set to carry an experimental "space yacht" propelled by solar particles. Bad weather at the launch site was being blamed. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) decided on the delay six minutes before the scheduled launch of the H-IIA rocket, set for 6:44 a.m., as the weather at the Tenegashima space center worsened. "There is a risk of thunderstorms," a JAXA official told AFP. The rocket was set to...

2010-05-13 13:53:00

Final NASA Atlantis Shuttle Launch and Iron Man 2 Success Bring Rocketry to Pop Culture Forefront **Great Photo and Video Opportunities of Students Launching Hand-Made Rockets** ARLINGTON, Va., May 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by Aerospace Industries Association: WHO: 100 middle and high-school student teams of rocketeers and mentor teachers Aerospace Industries Association Chairman and Textron CEO Scott Donnelly Former TARC participants who are now...


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2012-03-10 09:17:29

Challenger launched from Kennedy Space Center on January 28, 1986 at 11:38 AM EST and blew up 1 minute and 13 seconds later as a result of launch malfunctions. The shuttle was lost with all seven crew members. The Challenger disaster shook the confidence of the entire nation. As a personal note, this writer was in Mrs. Cook’s sixth grade class in Abilene, Texas. I was already an avid fan of the space program at that time. Most of us were. The class was watching this particular launch...

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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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  • A spider.
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'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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