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2014-07-20 04:55:35

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In 1961, President John F. Kennedy promised that America would put the first man on the moon by the end of the decade. The technology to do so did not exist, the national drive to do so did not exist, and we were behind in what has since been called the Space Race with the USSR. [ Watch: President Kennedy’s ‘Moon Speech’ at Rice University ] Despite all of these obstacles and more, Astronaut Neil Armstrong walked across the...

Space History Sale Highlights Artifacts From Apollo Lunar Missions
2014-04-07 06:51:23

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Artifacts from NASA’s Apollo lunar missions will be highlights in an upcoming auction in New York City. Bonham’s is holding the Space History Sale in the Big Apple on Tuesday and will feature everything from space documents to spacesuits. In all, more than 300 items will be up for sale. Among the highlights of the April 8 auction will be a motion picture sight ring – a small polarizing filter put on a camera used by...

Virgin Galactic Inks Reality TV Deal With NBC, Mark Burnett
2013-10-04 03:46:59

[ Watch the Video: A Reality Show With An Out Of This World Prize ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NBC and Virgin Galactic are joining forces to develop a reality television program that will allow contestants to compete for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to travel into outer space. The program, which will be known as “Space Race”, was announced on Thursday. It will partner the peacock network and the Sir Richard Branson-owned commercial space-travel...

National Park On The Moon Proposed
2013-07-10 11:15:37

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Two congresswomen have proposed legislation that would establish a US national park about 240,000 miles outside of America's borders - on the moon. Representatives Donna Edwards of Maryland and Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas have co-authored the bill HR 2617, or the Apollo Lunar Landing Legacy Act, that would essentially establish a national park around American landing sites on the moon. According to a statement released by...

Russia Plans Moon Mission For 2015, New Space Rocket By 2020
2013-01-15 06:50:45

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos) has been busy outlining its space plans for the next several years. Included is a mission to the moon in 2015 and a replacement of its Soyuz rocket by 2020. The 2015 moon mission would see a launch from a new facility (Vostochny Cosmodrome) in the country´s Far East, according to Vladimir Popovkin, head of Roscosmos. Popovkin told Russian news officials Tuesday that the rocket booster for...

NASA Remembers Kennedy's Moon Speech
2012-09-11 13:50:10

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Fifty years ago, On September 12, 1962, President John F. Kennedy gave his famous "Moon Speech" at Rice University. Kennedy had given a call earlier the year before, just a month after the Soviets had sent cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin into space, to be the first country to land man on the moon within a decade. After his May 25, 1961 infamous Congressional address, the president took a trip to tour NASA facilities on September 12, 1962....

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2012-08-26 07:00:43

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online UPDATED: August 26, 2012 Astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, died yesterday at the age of 82. America's favorite son has taken that one small step into the unknown. Armstrong underwent heart surgery on August 8, 2012, just days after his 82nd birthday. His death came from complications with that procedure, according to his family. "We are heartbroken to share the news that Neil Armstrong has passed...

Apollo-Soyuz: When Two Rival Nations Became One Group Of Spacemen
2012-07-17 11:20:19

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Today marks the anniversary of when two rival nations erased a line, and met in space for the first time. On July 17, 1975, American astronauts and Soviet Union cosmonauts rendezvoused and docked in space, starting a new era of international cooperation and partnership. In the modern space world, having astronauts from different countries meet-up in space is not an unusual idea, because for over a decade they have been doing so on...

Apollo 11 Still Remembered 43 Years Later
2012-07-16 12:38:55

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Forty-three years ago today, man embarked on a mission that made Lewis and Clark's journey across America seem like child's play, as Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins set forth towards the Moon. On July 16, 1969, at 9:32 EDT, Saturn V's engines fired up and the countdown beat down to zero as the three astronauts took hold of their position in the history books that could never be replaced. The call to arms began on May...

Chinese Astronauts Land Safely In Mongolia
2012-06-29 06:48:06

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After a landmark thirteen-day mission in space aboard the Tiangong-1 experimental space lab, three Chinese astronauts, including the country´s first Chinese female astronaut, parachuted safely back to Earth landing in a grassy field in Inner Mongolia Friday morning. The trio´s Shenzhou-9 space capsule touched down at roughly 10:00 a.m. local time on Friday 29 June, 2012. The capsule somersaulted once after touching down,...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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