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2009-05-11 14:39:00

CANOGA PARK, Calif., May 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR) once again is helping to push the boundaries of how far humanity can see into the depths of space. Three PWR Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSMEs) launched astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis today from NASA's Kennedy Space Center on mission STS-125 to service the Hubble Space Telescope. STS-125 is the fifth and final servicing mission to the Hubble. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United...

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2008-01-28 09:00:00

Think of the average handyman, who relies on a standard set of tools -- screw drivers, socket wrenches, power drills -- to get the job done. But when you're working in space, the average tools just won't cut it. Our specially trained handymen are astronauts, and they need specialty tools to accomplish out-of-this-world tasks. Imagine them trying to work while wearing big, bulky, pressurized gloves, tightening bolts that are different from any we are used to here on Earth, while floating...

2008-01-08 10:38:09

AUSTIN, Texas — The orbiting space telescope that just won't quit collecting gobs of celestial data well beyond its expected twilight is set for a major tune-up and upgrade, NASA scientists announced today here at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society. The fifth servicing mission will also be the Hubble Space Telescope's last. Word here today is that the Space Shuttle Atlantis would lift off in August with a crew of seven astronauts, a cargo of equipment, tools and...

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2008-01-08 11:37:03

NASA scientists and a space shuttle astronaut today outlined details of a challenging mission that will repair and upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope in 2008. The Hubble servicing mission, designated STS-125, will equip the orbiting observatory with far greater capabilities than ever had before to explore the nature and history of our universe. Space Shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to lift off in August with a crew of seven astronauts and a cargo of equipment, tools and new instruments on the...

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2007-12-17 15:34:48

The Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission 4, scheduled for August 2008, aims to complete multiple upgrades and repairs, many of which are crucial for prolonging the telescope's operational life. One of the mission's many objectives is the refurbishment of its outer thermal blankets. The Importance of Thermal Blankets "Thermal blankets are to spacecraft as clothes are to people," says Mike Weiss, Hubble's technical deputy program manager. "Just as clothes cover our skin and help protect us...


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Joseph Richard “Joe” Tanner
2012-09-17 10:46:05

Joseph Richard “Joe” Tanner was born January 21, 1950 in Danville, Illinois. He was awarded Eagle Scout by the Prairielands Council with the Boy Scouts of America in Champaign, Illinois. He attended the University of Illinois where he was the captain of the swimming team and included in the “Top 100 Seniors”. He received an award for being an Outstanding Alumnus of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from the University as well. He has an identical twin brother...

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2012-05-12 09:14:38

Endeavour launched from Kennedy Space Center on December 2, 1993 at 4:27 AM EST and landed at Kennedy on December 13 at 12:25 AM EST. The shuttle orbited 163 times at an altitude of 321 nautical miles at an inclination of 28.45 degrees and travelled 4.4 million miles. The mission lasted 10 days, 19 hours, 58 minutes, and 37 seconds. This was the first mission to repair and maintain the Hubble Space Telescope. It involved the second longest spacewalk to date at nearly 8 hours. The final...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Hubble Space Telescope -- The first large orbital optical observatory. Built from 1978 to 1990 at a cost of $1.5 billion, the HST (named for astronomer E. P. Hubble) was expected to provide the clearest view yet obtained of the universe. Using a Ritchey-Chrtien design that affords wider and flatter fields of view than traditional Cassegrain systems, the telescope has a 7.9-ft (2.4-m) primary mirror that can observe 24 hours a day (but usually observes less than 20% of the time) in a sky...

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Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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