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2006-02-05 15:35:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Steve Fossett, this era's Phileas Fogg, wants to do something not even the "Around the World in 80 Days" hero could contemplate: Fly around the globe - and then some - for more than three days without stopping. His goal is to break a 20-year-old record for longest flight. He plans to travel 27,012 miles in a spindly experimental airplane that helped him break a different record last year. During his 80 hours in the air, Fossett will take power naps no longer than...

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2005-07-13 10:59:03

NASA -- For more than a decade, American astronauts and Russian cosmonauts have been regularly living and working together in Earth orbit, first in the Shuttle-Mir program, and now on the International Space Station. This international partnership is the hallmark of modern space exploration, the backdrop for President Bush's declaration that humanity's future explorations of the cosmos must be "a journey, not a race." But before the two Cold War-rivals first met in orbit in 1975, such a...

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2005-07-11 23:45:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The last time Eileen Collins rode a space shuttle to orbit, an electrical short knocked out the primary computers for two of the ship's three main engines and a hydrogen leak nearly left the shuttle without enough gas to reach orbit. Collins, sitting in the commander's seat for the first time, successfully oversaw the delivery of the Chandra X-Ray Observatory into orbit, then landed the shuttle Columbia at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida in July 1999. Columbia had...

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2005-05-09 07:51:38

CAPE CANAVERAL, United States (AFP) -- Eileen Collins will lead the Discovery shuttle as it blasts into space in July, but NASA's first female shuttle commander remains among the few pioneering women in the male-dominated field. Collins became the first female shuttle commander in a 1999 mission, and she will resume that role in the fleet's first mission since February 2003, when the Columbia shuttle disaster left seven astronauts dead, killed as the shuttle exploded during re-entry into...

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2004-12-15 17:30:00

NASA -- With a penchant for chasing tomorrow, NASA's B-52B "008" always carried the future of flight under its wing. First taking to the air in June of 1955, the venerable aircraft began its illustrious, nearly 50-year U.S. Air Force and NASA career as a bomb navigation system test airplane for the Air Force's B-52 fleet. Ironically, the bomb/nav system test bomber spent its career dropping flight research vehicles rather than bombs.In 1959 it became one of two mothership launch aircraft for...

2004-11-30 06:00:09

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Kids of all ages will delight in a unique "Astronaut of the Month" Christmas gift that offers an autographed photo and personalized letter from one of America's most famous astronauts for every month of 2005! Beginning today, the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, a nonprofit organization, will offer just 350 memberships to its Astronaut Autograph Club (AAC), as a way of raising money for its scholarship program. Now in its second year,...


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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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This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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