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2012-07-17 13:31:37

NASA Space Technology Program researchers will launch and deploy a large inflatable heat shield aboard a rocket travelling at hypersonic speeds this weekend during a technology demonstration test from the agency's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va. NASA has four consecutive days of launch opportunities for the agency's Inflatable Re-entry Vehicle Experiment (IRVE-3), starting July 21, with the liftoff window from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. EDT each day. The test is designed to...

Image 1 - After Delays, ATREX Mission Finally Takes Off
2012-03-27 05:52:23

[ Watch the Video ] Nearly two weeks and several delays later, NASA finally received optimal conditions today at 4:58 a.m. EDT to launch its five-rocket ATREX mission from Virginia as part of its study of the jet stream. The five rockets blasted off early this morning from NASA´s Wallops Island space center. The launch, originally scheduled for March 15, was initially delayed due to a malfunction in one of the rocket´s internal radio frequency systems. The Anomalous Transport...

2012-03-06 05:19:45

NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EST on Wednesday, March 7, to discuss the upcoming launch of five rockets in slightly more than five minutes from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The rocket launches will be visible from most of the local coastline. The launch window begins March 14 and runs through April 4. The Anomalous Transport Rocket Experiment (ATREX) mission will gather data to help scientists better understand the high-altitude jet stream winds located 60-65...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'