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History Of Space Exploration
2013-10-06 08:29:34

Space exploration is the exploration and discovery of outer space by use of space technology and is conducted by both robotic spacecraft and humans. Astronomy, which is the viewing of objects in space from Earth, is thought to predate recorded history, but it was the inspiration to modern space exploration. Humans explore space for many reasons including the survival of humankind if Earth...

Janice Voss
2012-10-27 13:58:18

Janice Elaine Voss was a NASA astronaut as well as an American Engineer whom flew in space five times placing her at first for holding the record for American women. Voss was born on October 8, 1956 in South Bend, Indiana. She attended Minnechaug Regional High School in Wilbraham, Massachusetts and graduated in 1972. She then attended Purdue University to receive her bachelor’s degree in...

John Grunsfeld
2012-10-18 12:19:21

John Grunsfeld is an American physicist and a former NASA astronaut. He was born John Mace Grunsfeld in October of 1958 in Chicago, Illinois. He remained in Illinois throughout his childhood and graduated from Highland Park High School in 1976. Upon his graduation, he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1980. He then...

Lopold Eyharts
2012-10-02 09:49:07

Léopold Eyharts is a Brigadier General in the French Air Force and an ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut. Eyharts was born April 28, 1957, in Biarritz, France. After completing his basic academics, he joined the French Air Force Academy of Salon-de-Provence in 1977 to study aeronautical engineering. Eyharts graduated in 1979 as an engineer. By 1980 he became a fighter pilot and was sent...

Andrew Feustel
2012-09-17 09:28:01

Andrew Feustel is a NASA astronaut and an American Geophysicist. He was born Andrew J. (Drew) Feustel on August 25, 1965 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, but grew up in Lake Orion, Michigan. He graduated from Lake Orion High School and subsequently received an Associate’s degree from Oakland Community College. During this time, he worked at International Autoworks as an auto mechanic. He then...

Vladimir Dezhurov
2012-09-03 07:41:01

Vladimir Dezhurov is a former Russian cosmonaut who has performed nine spacewalks. He was born Vladimir Nikolayevich Dezhurov on July 30, 1962 in Yavas, Zubovo-Polyansky District, Mordovia, Russia. Dezhurov attended the S.I. Gritsevits Kharkov Higher Military Aviation School, where he graduated with a pilot engineer’s diploma in 1983. After graduating, Dezhurov served as a pilot and senior...

STS-48
2012-03-24 10:06:15

Discovery launched from Kennedy Space Center on September 12, 1991 at 7:11 PM EDT and landed at Edwards AFB on September 18 at 12:38 AM PDT. The shuttle orbited 81 times at an altitude of 313 nautical miles at an inclination of 57 degrees and travelled 2.2 million miles. The mission lasted 5 days, 8 hours, 27 minutes, and 38 seconds. A satellite was launched to study the upper atmosphere and...

STS-1
2012-03-03 12:22:08

The first orbiting space shuttle mission launched from the Kennedy Space Center on April 12, 1981 at 6 AM (CST) and landed at Edwards Air Force Base on April 14 at 12:20PM (CST). Total mission time was 2 days, 6 hours, 20 minutes, and 53 seconds. Columbia orbited at 166 nautical miles, at an inclination of 40.3 degrees, and travelled 1.074 million miles. All five previous flights were...

Budarin Nikolai
2011-01-04 21:50:03

Nikolai Budarin is a Russian cosmonaut and a veteran of three extended space missions aboard the Mir Space Station and the International Space Station. He was born Nikolai Mikhailovich Budarin on April 29, 1953 in Kirya, Chuvashia. Budarin is married to Marina Lvovna Budarina, and they have two sons, Dmitry and Vladislav. In 1971, Budarin served in the Soviet Army in Czechoslovakia. He...

Bobko Karol
2010-12-02 22:02:55

Karol Bobko is an engineer, retired United States Air Force officer and a former USAF and NASA astronaut. He was born Karol Joseph Bobko on December 23, 1937 in New York City, New York. He graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Air Force Academy in 1959. He received his commission and navigator rating, and then he...

Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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