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2010-01-06 10:28:05

NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden has named David D. McBride director of the agency's Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. "David has done a terrific job as the acting Dryden director, and I am pleased he will be continuing as director," Bolden said. "David's expertise, leadership and flight research acumen will benefit NASA and the entire aerospace community." McBride will direct all aspects of facility management, strategy and operations at Dryden, one of...

2010-01-05 13:00:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden has named David D. McBride director of the agency's Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "David has done a terrific job as the acting Dryden director, and I am pleased he will be continuing as director," Bolden said. "David's expertise, leadership and flight research acumen will benefit NASA and the entire aerospace...

2009-11-24 14:00:00

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will present astronaut Fred Haise, Jr., with NASA's Ambassador of Exploration Award during a ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the Gorenflo Elementary School in Biloxi, Miss. Haise will present the award, consisting of a moon rock encased in Lucite for display, to Paul Tisdale, superintendent of the Biloxi Public School System, and Tina Thompson, the school's principal. Haise attended Gorenflo. NASA is giving the Ambassador of Exploration Award to the first...

2009-10-28 08:35:00

ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Air Force Association's annual Global Warfare Symposium will be November 19-20 in Los Angeles, California, headlined by Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley. This unique two-day Symposium on the West Coast will focus on current Air Force, defense and aerospace topics, including Space, Cyberspace, Global Strike, Asia and the Pacific, and more. AFA will host the Symposium at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, California,...

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2009-09-16 11:03:46

Fifty years ago in 1959, test pilot Scott Crossfield threw the switch to ignite the twin XLR-11 engines of his North American Aviation X-15 rocket plane and begin the storied test program's first powered flight. It was a real kick in the pants. "The drop from the B-52 carrier aircraft was pretty abrupt, and then when you lit that rocket a second or two later you definitely felt it," said Joe Engle, another X-15 test pilot and member of the same exclusive fraternity of flyboys that included...

2009-09-04 23:47:22

Twin brothers who will command the space shuttle and International Space Station are tweeting about their preparations, NASA says. Mark and Scott Kelly are preparing for 2010 missions. Mark is commander of the space shuttle mission STS-134 and Scott is commander of state Expedition 26. If schedules don't change, they could meet in space. Both West Orange, N.J., natives are Navy captains who have been astronauts since 1996. Mark served as the pilot on missions STS-108 in 2001 and STS-121 in...

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2009-09-04 14:25:00

Two NASA astronaut commanders have perspectives like no others on Twitter -- the views of twin brothers preparing on opposite sides of the world to command both the space shuttle and the International Space Station. The tweeting twins are astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly. Mark is the commander of space shuttle mission STS-134, set to launch in late 2010. Scott is the commander of station Expedition 26, also set to fly in late 2010. If schedules hold, the two may meet in space during their...

2009-08-25 17:19:40

NASA has awarded a follow-on contract to Computer Science Corp. of Fort Worth, Texas, to support the agency's aircraft used for astronaut training and flight research. The contract has a potential value of approximately $163 million. Work will be done under the Aircraft Maintenance and Modification Program to provide flight line, intermediate and depot level maintenance, repairs, modifications and engineering support for NASA aircraft. The aircraft are used at NASA's Johnson Space Center...

2009-08-19 15:31:00

Embry-Riddle Alumna to Live on Space Station for Three Months DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Aug. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nicole P. Stott, an Embry-Riddle College of Engineering alumna, will soon reach her ultimate career goal by taking her first trip off planet Earth on Space Shuttle Discovery's upcoming mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The STS-128 launch is currently scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 25, at 1:36 a.m. EDT from NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. Mission...

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2009-07-21 12:35:00

President Barack Obama pledged to keep the U.S. space program alive for future generations as America celebrated the 40th anniversary of the first American moon landing on Monday, AFP reported. Obama told Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins at the White House Monday that the July 20, 1969 moonwalk was "an example of how Americans can do anything they put their minds to." The Apollo program inspired an entire generation of U.S. scientists and...


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Joe Engle
2012-08-17 14:21:38

Joe Engle is a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and a former NASA astronaut. He was born Joe Henry Engle on August 26, 1932 in Chapman, Kansas. He attended the University of Kansas, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 1955. There he also received his commission in the Air Force through the Reserve Officers Training Program. In 1957, Engle entered flying school and flew the F-100 Super Sabre with the 474th Fighter Day Squadron and the 309th Tactical...

Covey
2012-01-13 17:24:07

Richard Covey is a retired U.S. Air Force officer and former NASA astronaut. He was born Richard Oswalt Covey on August 1, 1946 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He was raised in Fort Walton Beach, Florida and graduated from Choctawhatchee High School in 1964. He went on to attend the United States Air Force Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in engineering sciences in 1968. One year later he earned a Master of Science in aeronautics and astronautics from Purdue University. As a...

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2011-04-11 13:17:24

Duane Carey Duane Carey is an engineer, former Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force, and former NASA Astronaut. He was born Duane Gene "Digger" Carey on April 30, 1957 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He graduated from Highland Park High School in 1975 and went on to continue his education at the University of Minnesota. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics in 1981 and his Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from in 1982....

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2011-01-04 22:03:23

Mark Brown is an engineer and former NASA Astronaut. He was born Mark Neil Brown on November 18, 1951 in Valparaiso, Indiana. In 1969, he graduated from Valparaiso High School, and he then went to on earn a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from Purdue University. Brown received his pilot wings at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, in 1974. His first assignment was to the 87th Fighter Interceptor Squadron at K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base in Michigan. There he...

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2011-01-04 21:39:26

Roy Bridges is an American aviator, a retired U.S Air Force officer, and a former NASA astronaut. He was born Roy Dubard Bridges, Jr. on July 19, 1943 in Atlanta, Georgia. As a child, he was active in the Boy Scouts of America and achieved its second highest rank, Life Scout. He graduated from Gainesville High School, Georgia in 1961. He then went on to attend the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering in...

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  • A spider.
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