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Cenker Robert
2011-04-25 15:23:16

Robert Cenker is an engineer and aerospace systems consultant. He was born Robert Joseph Cenker on November 5, 1948 and was raised near Uniontown, Pennsylvania. He is married to Barbara Ann, and the couple has three children: Daniel, Brian, and Laura. Cenker earned both a Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Penn State, and then he earned another Master's degree in...

Clervoy  Jean-Francois
2011-04-18 23:21:55

Jean-Francois Clervoy is a French engineer and test pilot, a CNES and ESA astronaut, and a veteran of three NASA Space Shuttle missions. He was born Jean-Francois André Clervoy on November 19, 1958 in France. He has a twin brother, Patrick, and is married to the former Laurence Boulanger. The couple has two children, and the family enjoys racquet sports, skill games, skiing, and flying...

Charles Camarda
2011-04-11 12:54:57

Charles Camarda Charles Camarda is an engineer and NASA astronaut. He was born Charles Joseph Camarda on May 8, 1952 in Queens, New York. He graduated from Archbishop Molloy High School in 1970 and then went on to earn a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1974. Camarda began work as a research scientist at the NASA's Langley Research...

Bowen Stephen
2011-01-04 16:31:23

Stephen Bowen is a US Navy submariner, a NASA astronaut; and the second submariner to travel into space. He was born Stephen Gerard Bowen on February 13, 1964 in Cohasset, Massachusetts. He graduated from Cohasset High School in 1982 and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the United States Naval Academy in 1986. He also earned a degree of Ocean...

Buckey Jay
2010-12-03 12:53:15

Jay Buckey is an American physician and engineer. He was born Jay Clark Buckey, Jr. on June 6, 1956 in New York City. He graduated from W. Tresper Clarke High School in Westbury, New York in 1973 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in 1977. He also received an M.D. from Cornell in 1981. He interned at New York Hospital-Cornell...

Bean Alan
2010-10-07 15:18:57

Alan Bean was a NASA astronaut, an engineer, and was the fourth person to walk on the moon. He was born Alan LaVern Bean on March 15, 1932 in Wheeler, Texas. He completed his public schooling at R. L. Paschal High School, and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1955. Upon graduation, Bean was commissioned by the U.S....

2014-01-12 00:00:00

Sample Entry: Astronomy is the scientific study of stars, planets, comets, galaxies, and other phenomena that occur outside Earth's atmosphere (e.g. cosmic radiation). Astronomy deals with the evolution, physics, chemical makeup, meteorology, and motion of celestial objects, and also the formation of the universe. The word Astronomy comes from the Greek words astron (meaning "star") and...

Ring Current
2004-10-19 04:45:44

Ring Current -- A ring current is an electric current carried by charged particles trapped in a planet's magnetosphere. It is caused by the longitudinal drift of energetic (10-200 keV) particles. Earth's Ring Current Earth's ring current is responsible for geomagnetic storms. The ring current system consists of a band, at a distance of 3-5 RE(1), which lies in the equatorial plane and...

Sagan Carl
2004-10-19 04:45:44

Carl Edward Sagan (November 9, 1934 - December 20, 1996) was an American astronomer who pioneered exobiology and promoted the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) and science in general. He is less well known for his skepticism. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Sagan attended the University of Chicago, where he received a bachelor's degree (1955) and a master's degree (1956) in...

Cassini-Huygens Mission
2004-10-19 04:45:44

Cassini-Huygens Mission -- The Cassini unmanned space probe is intended to study Saturn and its moons. It was launched on October 15, 1997 and is estimated to enter Saturn's orbit on July 1, 2004. The mission is a joined NASA/ESA project. Cassini's principal objectives are to: -- determine the three-dimensional structure and dynamical behavior of the rings -- determine the composition...

Word of the Day
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.