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John C Houbolt Unsung Hero of the Apollo Program Dies at Age

John C. Houbolt, Unsung Hero of the Apollo Program, Dies at Age 95

NASA "In the space race of the 1950s and '60s, the leading voices were rocket scientist Wernher von Braun and ... another guy. Household names included Neil Armstrong, Alan Shepard and ... oh, you know, the fellow who pushed the idea of a...

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NASA Engineers Crush Enormous Fuel Tank To Build Better Rockets
2013-12-17 12:40:39

[ Watch The Video: Shell Buckling Test ] NASA NASA completed a series of high-tech can-crushing tests last week as an enormous fuel tank crumbled under the pressure of almost a million pounds of force, all in the name of building lighter, more affordable rockets. During the testing for the Shell Buckling Knockdown Factor Project, which began Dec. 9 at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., force and pressure were increasingly applied to the top of an empty but...

2013-12-17 08:20:30

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA completed a series of high-tech can-crushing tests last week as an enormous fuel tank crumbled under the pressure of almost a million pounds of force, all in the name of building lighter, more affordable rockets. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) During the testing for the Shell Buckling Knockdown Factor Project, which began Dec. 9 at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., force...

Understanding Fluid Slosh To Improve Rocket Safety And Efficiency
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NASA Since Robert Goddard's first launch of a liquid propellant rocket in 1926, experts have worked to perfect engine propulsion systems. As launch vehicles have grown in size, fuel and oxidizer tanks have become more complex resulting in unexpected changes in thrust, potentially endangering flight crews and mission success. A team of scientists and engineers at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is now studying how to better understand this phenomenon and reduce its potential impacts...

To Improve Rocket Designs NASA Engineers Will Crush Giant Fuel Tank
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NASA Think of it as high-tech can crushing. Only the can is enormous, as big as part of the largest rocket ever made. During a series of tests from Dec. 9-13 at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., engineers will apply nearly a million pounds of force to the top of an empty but pressurized rocket fuel tank. The test will eventually buckle and destroy the structure of the thin cylindrical tank wall while instruments precisely measure and record everything, millisecond...

Apollo 11 Engine Confirmed To Be The Real Deal
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redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos has confirmed that the rocket engines retrieved from the floor of the Atlantic Ocean earlier this year by his expedition team are those of the Apollo 11 spacecraft. The massive F-1 engines, which were located by Bezos' team off the coast of Cape Canaveral back in March, were said to be warped and covered in rust at the time of their recovery, according to Wired.com's Adam Mann. At the time, that...

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NASA For more than a year, NASA's crawler-transporter (CT) 2 has been undergoing a major tuneup in the Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). Recent work has included preparations to install upgraded components that will enable the crawler to carry the greater loads anticipated with the agency's new rocket designed to take astronauts beyond low-Earth orbit for the first time since the early 1970s. The crawler-transporter modifications are part of NASA's Ground Systems...

Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos Recovers Apollo-Era F-1 Engines From Atlantic Ocean
2013-03-21 09:22:10

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos last year announced that he would send a team of explorers to hunt out and recover F-1 engines from the historic Apollo 11 moon launch. Just yesterday (Mar 20), Bezos made a new announcement that the team had recovered several engine parts from the bottom of the Atlantic off the coast of Cape Canaveral, yet it is too early to tell if the F-1 engine parts are from the famed Apollo 11 mission. The...

2013-03-20 12:21:11

WASHINGTON, March 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the successful recovery of Apollo Saturn V first stage engines announced Wednesday by Jeff Bezos, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the aerospace company Blue Origin and Amazon.com. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "Nearly one year ago, Jeff Bezos shared with us his plans to recover F-1 engines that helped power Apollo astronauts...

2013-02-07 16:20:25

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Following an action-filled 2012, NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, just east of Orlando, is anticipating a momentous 2013 highlighted by the unveiling of the new $100 million home of space shuttle Atlantis this summer. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120518/NY09986LOGO-b ) "Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is an absolute must-see destination, and in 2013 our guests will find more to...

NASA Engineers Test Fire 1960s-Era Apollo Engine For Future Rocket Design
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[Watch Video: F-1 Engine Gas Generator Testing] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Sometimes moving forward requires a little looking back. And at NASA, looking back to the days of the Apollo program is helping space engineers develop the next generation of rockets for the future of space travel. NASA resurrected the mighty F-1, an engine that powered the Saturn V rocket, to help engineers develop a heavy lift rocket for missions to the moon and beyond. The NASA...