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Discovery Flyover of DC Scheduled for April 17
2012-04-10 03:50:01

NASA's retired Space Shuttle Discovery will be flying over portions of Washington D.C. on the morning of April 17 as it travels en route to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, where it will be displayed, the American space agency announced on Monday. The flight is scheduled to occur between 10am and 11am local time and will involve a modified Boeing 747 known as a Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) with the shuttle mounted on top of it, NASA and Space.com's Robert Z. Pearlman said....

2012-04-04 03:19:58

Events and operating hours for the Press Site at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., are set for space shuttle Discovery's departure. A NASA Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), a modified 747 jet, will transport Discovery to Washington Dulles International Airport in Sterling, Va., on Tuesday, April 17. Journalists are invited to cover the following events (all times are EDT): Tuesday, April 10 5:30 p.m. SCA arrival at Shuttle Landing Facility -- Arrive at Press Site by 4 p.m. for 4:30...

NASA Transfers Enterprise Title to Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City
2011-12-12 08:04:50

NASA transferred title and ownership of space shuttle Enterprise to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum during a ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 11, at the museum in New York City. The transfer is the first step toward Intrepid receiving Enterprise in the spring of 2012. "NASA is proud to transfer the title of space shuttle Enterprise to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum," said NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden. "The U.S.S. Intrepid had a rich history with NASA's mission, and...

Image 1 - Dryden Supported Many Aspects Of Space Shuttle Missions
2011-12-12 06:57:57

Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California's high desert, where NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center is located, was selected as the initial primary landing site for the space shuttles because of the safety margin presented by Rogers Dry Lake and its long runways, one of which stretches 7.5 miles. It was also the location of the approach and landing tests of the prototype shuttle Enterprise in 1977 that proved the bulky, high-drag shuttle could be safely maneuvered to a precise landing on...

Endeavour Title Transferred To California Science Center
2011-10-11 12:08:23

NASA transferred title and ownership of space shuttle Endeavour to the California Science Center (CSC) during a ceremony Tuesday at the center in Los Angeles. The transfer is the first step toward CSC receiving Endeavour in the latter half of 2012. "NASA is pleased to share this wonderful orbiter with the California Science Center to help inspire a new generation of explorers," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. "The next chapter in space exploration begins now, and we're standing on...

2011-04-11 14:55:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., April 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will participate in a ceremony at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on Tuesday, April 12 on the 30th anniversary of the first space shuttle launch. During the 1 p.m. EDT ceremony, Bolden and Kennedy Center Director Bob Cabana will honor the shuttle work force's dedication, which has made it possible for NASA to take the next steps in exploration and retire the shuttle fleet later this year....

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2010-07-07 06:45:00

You don't need a space shuttle to rocket down the runway at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility, as NASCAR racer Matt DiBenedetto proved recently. Driving the same kind of car used at American superspeedways, DiBenedetto streaked down the runway at 205 mph, just shy of the space shuttle's touchdown speed. He shifted to neutral until the car touched 150 mph before revving up again. "I never thought I'd get lucky enough to come out and use the Kennedy Space Center runway," he...


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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'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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