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Sally Ride Dead At 61 Years Old
2012-07-23 16:56:36

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, has taken her final journey, passing on at the young age of 61 years old. Ride, who became a household name after venturing off into space for the first time in 1983, died on Monday after battling pancreatic cancer for 17 months. "Sally Ride broke barriers with grace and professionalism — and literally changed the face of America´s space program," NASA Administrator Charles...

Engineer Who Tried To Stop Challenger Disaster Dead At 73
2012-02-08 05:41:53

Roger Boisjoly, who died on January 6 at 73-years-old, was an engineer who tried to stop space shuttle Challenger from launching in 1986. Boisjoly was an engineer at solid rocket booster manufacturer Morton Thiokol.  He started to warn NASA as early as 1985 that the joints in the boosters could fail in cold weather. He and four other space shuttle engineers argued on the eve of the launch in 1986 of the dangers the astronauts were facing. He found that in cold temperatures,...

2012-01-26 06:44:11

The Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, or ASAP, has released its 2011 annual report. The ASAP holds quarterly fact-finding and public meetings and visits NASA facilities to directly observe the agency's operations and decision making. In this year's report, the panel highlighted issues related to costs, schedules, resources, requirements and acquisition strategies that may have an impact on safety. "The pursuit of great reward often comes hand in hand with great risk, so it has always...

Station To Perform Debris Avoidance Maneuver Friday
2012-01-13 06:34:53

International Space Station crew members are set to maneuver the space lab out of the way of an orbiting piece of space debris left over from a 2009 collision of two satellites, after US Space Command informed the station flight control team Wednesday of the potential hazard. On Thursday, ISS ballistics officers confirmed the path of the debris and radioed Flight Director Emily Nelson that the debris has the potential of making impact with the station. As a result, Nelson gave the OK to...


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sts-51L
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...

sts-51c
2012-03-10 08:50:43

Discovery launched from Kennedy Space Center on January 24, 1985 at 2:50 PM EST and landed at Kennedy on January 27 at 4:23 PM EST. The shuttle orbited 49 times at an altitude of 220 nautical miles and an inclination of 28.5 degrees and travelled 1.3 million miles. The mission lasted 3 days, 1 hour, 33 minutes, and 23 seconds. The launch scheduled for January 23 was scrubbed due to freezing weather conditions. (Orbiter Challenger was scheduled for Mission 51-C but thermal tile problems...

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