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Guy Bluford Celebrates 30th Anniversary As First African-American In Space
2013-08-31 07:32:35

When Guy Bluford, now 70, was first accepted into NASA’s astronaut training program in 1978, he never dreamed of becoming the first African-American to go to space. He said his only desire “was to make a contribution to the program.”


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Tamara Jernigan
2012-10-22 11:04:53

Tamara Jernigan is an American scientist and former NASA astronaut. She was born Tamara Elizabeth "Tammy" Jernigan on May 7, 1959 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She attended Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe Springs, CA and graduated in 1977. She then went on to attend Stanford University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1981 and a Master of Science degree in engineering science in 1983. While at Stanford, she was a member of the varsity volleyball team. Following her...

Dale Gardner
2012-10-18 11:58:31

Dale Gardner is a former NASA astronaut. He was born Dale Allan Gardner on November 8, 1948 in Fairmont, Minnesota. Gardner grew up both in Minnesota and Savanna, Illinois, but he considers Clinton, Iowa to be his hometown. He graduated from Savanna Community High School in 1966 as valedictorian of his class. He then went on to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Physics in 1970. With his degree in hand, he joined...

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2012-03-24 09:57:56

Discovery launched from Kennedy Space Center on April 28, 1991 at 7:33 AM EDT and landed at Kennedy on May 6, 1991 at 2:55 PM EDT. The shuttle orbited 134 times at an altitude of 190 nautical miles at an inclination of 57 degrees and travelled 3.5 million miles. The mission lasted 8 days, 7 hours, 22 minutes, and 23 seconds. This was a Department of Defense mission whose activities are not classified. An unclassified payload included Air Force Program-675 (AFP675); Infrared Background...

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2012-03-03 12:40:35

Challenger launched from Kennedy Space Center on August 30, 1983 at 2:32 AM (EDT) and landed at Edwards Air Force Base on September 5, 1983 at 12:40 AM (PDT). The shuttle orbited 98 times at an altitude of 191 nautical miles at an inclination of 28.5 degrees and travelled 2.5 million miles. The mission lasted for 6 days, 1 hour, 8 minutes, and 43 seconds. On this mission Guion Bluford became the first African-American to travel to space. A multi-purpose satellite was deployed for India....

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2012-03-03 12:29:57

The second shuttle mission was launched from the Kennedy Space Center on November 12, 1981 (EST) and landed at Edwards Air Force Base on November 14 at 10:09AM (PST). Columbia orbited 37 times at an altitude of 157 nautical miles at an inclination of 38 degrees and travelled 1,075 million miles. The mission duration was 2 days, 6 hours, 13 minutes, and 12 seconds. This second flight served to further verify the safety of Columbia in launch, orbit, re-entry, and landing. Payloads included...

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donative
  • A gift; a largess; a gratuity; a present; a dole.
The word 'donative' comes from a Latin word meaning 'to give'.
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