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2010-08-20 15:28:03

If you like music, the space program and are a little nostalgic,NASA has the perfect opportunity for you. For the first time, the public canhelp choose songs to wake up the astronauts during the last two scheduledspace shuttle missions. Traditionally, the songs played to wake up the astronauts are selected byfriends and family of the crews. For the last two scheduled missions, NASAis inviting the public to visit the "Wakeup Song Contest" website to selectsongs from a list of the top 40...

2010-07-08 14:50:28

NASA and Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company paid tribute to the workforce who built the external tanks for the space shuttle fleet on Thursday at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. ET-138, the last newly manufactured tank to roll out of the assembly building, served as a backdrop for speakers praising the employees. "This is a bittersweet moment for everyone who's been part of this great and dedicated NASA and Lockheed Martin external tank production team," said John...

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2010-07-07 08:40:24

The last external tank scheduled to fly on a space shuttle mission will roll out at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans July 8. Want to be part of this historic event? Simply visit this page on Wednesday, July 7 from 11-noon EDT, and Mark Bryant, vice president of the External Tank (ET) Program for Lockheed Martin Space Systems, will answer your questions about the external tank. The chat window will be active at the bottom of this page starting at 10:30 a.m. EDT. See you in...

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2010-07-01 12:35:00

NASA is targeting approximately 4:33 p.m. EDT on Nov. 1 for the launch of space shuttle Discovery's STS-133 mission and 4:19 p.m. EST on Feb. 26, 2011, for the liftoff of shuttle Endeavour's STS-134 flight from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The target dates were adjusted because critical payload hardware for STS-133 will not be ready in time to support the previously planned Sept. 16 launch. With STS-133 moving to November, STS-134 cannot fly as planned, so the next available launch...

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2010-05-27 06:25:00

Veteran astronauts Dominic Gorie and John "Danny" Olivas are leaving NASA. Olivas' last day with the agency was Tuesday, May 25 and Gorie's is June 4. Gorie, a retired U.S. Navy captain, is a veteran of four space shuttle flights. He has traveled more than 18 million miles in space during his missions, serving as pilot and commander. Gorie served as pilot on shuttle mission STS-91 in 1998 and STS-99 in 2000. He served as commander on STS-108 in 2001 and STS-123 in 2008. "Dom is a superlative...

2010-05-25 10:56:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Space shuttle Atlantis and its six-member crew are expected to return to Earth on Wednesday, May 26, after a 12-day mission. NASA managers will evaluate weather conditions at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida before permitting Atlantis to land. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) Wednesday landing opportunities at Kennedy are at 8:48 a.m. and 10:22 a.m. EDT. If Atlantis is unable to land...

2010-05-14 14:21:00

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- As Space Shuttle Atlantis was successfully launched today on its final planned mission to the International Space Station, United Space Alliance officials noted that the vehicle and the team that prepares and executes the missions are performing better than ever. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080407/LAM060LOGO) "It is a testament to the Shuttle team's professionalism and dedication," said Howard DeCastro, Space Shuttle...

2010-04-29 07:30:48

At the next space shuttle launch, NASA will host 150 people from around the world and provide them with a behind-the-scenes perspective to share with their followers via the social networking service Twitter. Reporters are invited to cover the NASA Tweetup and the liftoff of shuttle Atlantis, targeted for 2:20 p.m. EDT on May 14, from the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. To cover the launch on-site, U.S. reporters must request credentials from Kennedy by May 2. Media representatives...

2010-04-28 08:57:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., April 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tony Antonelli, who was raised in Fayetteville, N.C., will make his second journey into orbit on space shuttle Atlantis' next mission to the International Space Station. The STS-132 flight is targeted to launch May 14 from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) The six astronauts for Atlantis' STS-132 mission will deliver the Russian-built Mini Research Module,...

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2010-04-18 15:05:00

As the STS-131 crew finished up their two-week mission and prepared for the return trip home, the astronauts aboard the space shuttle Discovery were told by NASA on Sunday to expect rain delays. The crew powered up Discovery's flight control system and tested the flaps and rudder that will control the shuttle's flight once it enters the Earth's atmosphere. Next they test-fired the reaction control system jets that will control the shuttle's orientation before it reaches the...


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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 conducted in 1977 using the prototype space shuttle Enterprise. In these atmospheric flights Enterprise...

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2012-01-17 18:03:01

Robert Crippen is an engineer, a retired United States Navy Captain, and a former NASA astronaut. He was born Robert Laurel Crippen on September 11, 1937 in Beaumont, Texas. He was raised in Texas and graduated from New Caney High School, and then went on to attend the University of Texas at Austin, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering in 1960. Crippen was commissioned through the United States Navy's Aviation Officer Candidate School Program, and became...

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  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
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This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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