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2014-07-18 16:20:50

HOUSTON, July 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Former NASA astronaut Henry W. (Hank) Hartsfield Jr., who served as commander of space shuttle Discovery's maiden mission and flew on three shuttle flights, died on July 17 after an illness. He was 80 years old. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO After his final shuttle flight, Hartsfield served in a number of NASA administrative posts, including deputy chief of the astronaut office, deputy director for flight...

2009-03-23 11:24:00

WASHINGTON, March 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will honor astronaut Thomas K. "Ken" Mattingly, II, with the presentation of an Ambassador of Exploration Award for his contributions to the U.S. space program. During a ceremony on Thursday, March 26, Mattingly will accept the award at the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn University in Alabama and present it for display at the university. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) NASA is giving the...


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Henry Hartsfield
2012-10-18 13:36:10

Henry Hartsfield is a retired United States Air Force officer and a former NASA astronaut. He was born Henry Warren "Hank" Hartsfield, Jr. on November 21, 1933 in Birmingham, Alabama where he was raised. He graduated from West End High School and went on to attend Auburn University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics in 1954 and received his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Program. He joined the Air Force a year after his graduation and was assigned to the...

sts-41c
2012-03-10 08:33:18

Challenger launched from Kennedy Space Center on April 6, 1984 at 858 AM EST and landed at Edwards Air Force Base on April 13, 1984 at 5:38 AM PST. The shuttle orbited 108 times at an altitude of 313 nautical miles at an inclination of 28.5 degrees and travelled 2.9 million miles. This mission was the first to accomplish a direct ascent trajectory. The astronauts repaired the Solar Max satellite while in orbit during a spacewalk. This was the first use of the IMAX camera, which was part of...

STS-41B
2012-03-10 08:29:30

Challenger launched from Kennedy Space Center on February 3, 1884 at 8:00 PM EST and landed at Kennedy Space Center on February 11, 1984 at 7:15 AM EST. The shuttle orbited 128 times at an altitude of 189 nautical miles, at an inclination of 28.5 degrees, and travelled 3.3 million miles. The mission lasted 7 days, 23 hours, 15 minutes, and 55 seconds. The highlights of the mission were the first untethered space walks were made by McCandless and Stewart using a manned maneuvering unit. In...

sts-4
2012-03-03 12:34:44

The fourth space shuttle mission launched from Kennedy Space Center on July 27, 1982 at 11:00 AM (EDT) and landed at Edwards Air Force Base on July 4, 1982 at 9:09 AM (PDT). Columbia orbited 113 times at an altitude of 197 nautical miles at an inclination of 28.5 degrees and travelled 2.9 million miles. Duration of the mission was 7 days, 1 hour, and 31 seconds. The shuttle carried a classified Department of Defense payload, cargo included first Get Away Specials, (G-001) which contained...

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Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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