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Future Tourism Spacecraft Receives FAA Permit
2012-05-31 10:43:55

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com Space tourism just received one giant leg up by the U.S. government as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted Virgin Galactic an experimental launch permit for its SpaceShipTwo. Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo will be taking space tourists to suborbital trips above the Earth, and the permit granted by the FAA brings the company one step closer. “This important milestone enables our team to progress to the rocket-powered...

SpaceX Aborts Historic Launch, Delayed Yet Again
2012-05-19 03:27:18

As everyone gathered across the bay from the SpaceX Dragon capsule, a sense of excitement changed quickly to disappointment throughout the crowd as the highly anticipated launch was aborted with less than a second left (T-.5 seconds to be exact) before liftoff. SpaceX has been trying to blast its Dragon capsule aboard its Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center since April 30. The rocket was finally on the pad, and everything was "Go" for launch, until SpaceX team members put the...

2012-04-24 10:53:23

The next-generation engine that will help carry humans deeper into space than ever is back, bigger and better. The J-2X engine is currently on the A-2 Test Stand at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi for an extensive round of tests to build on last year's successful test firings. The engine will provide upper-stage power for NASA's evolved Space Launch System (SLS), a new heavy-lift rocket capable of missions to deep space. "We're making steady and tangible progress on our new...


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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 fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.