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Robert Gibson
2012-10-18 12:04:15

Robert Gibson is a retired Captain and Naval Aviator in the United States Navy and a former NASA astronaut. He was born Robert Lee "Hoot" Gibson on October 30, 1946 in Cooperstown, New York. At the age of seventeen, he received his private pilot license. In 1964, he graduated from Huntington High School in Huntington, New York, and immediately went on to earn an Associate’s degree in...

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...

Charles Gemar
2012-10-02 10:29:44

Charles Gemar is a former NASA astronaut and a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army. He was born Charles Donald "Sam" Gemar on August 4, 1955 in Yankton, South Dakota. In 1973, immediately after he graduated from Scotland Public High School in Scotland, South Dakota, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and reported for duty on June 11. His first assignment was to the XVIII Airborne Corps at...

Ron Garan
2012-10-02 10:22:57

Ron Garan is a NASA astronaut and a former USAF Second Lieutenant. He was born Ronald John Garan, Jr., of Russian decent, on October 30, 1961 in Yonkers, New York. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1979 and then graduated from the State University of New York College at Oneonta with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Economics in 1982. Two years later, Garan was commissioned by...

Charles L Veach
2012-10-01 17:13:09

Charles Lacy Veach served as a United States Air Force fighter pilot for over 14 years before being selected as a NASA Astronaut in 1984. Veach served as an astronaut until his passing from cancer on October 3, 1995 in Houston, Texas. “Lacy” Veach was born in Chicago, Illinois and with his family moved to Honolulu, Hawaii. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Marshall E. Veach, still reside in...

Anthony W England
2012-10-01 17:09:22

Anthony Wayne "Tony" England is an American geochemist selected by NASA as an astronaut in 1967. England logged 7 days, 22 hours, and 45 minutes in space as well as numerous support contributions before his retirement. England was born May 15, 1942 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He attended primary school in Indiana but his family relocated and made his new hometown West Fargo, North Dakota....

Llama Lama glama
2012-09-19 14:36:11

Llama, Lama glama The llama (Lama glama) is a domesticated camelid from South America. It is often used as a pack animal or for meat by Andean cultures. Its hair is used to make clothing and handicrafts. The course outer hair is typically used to make lead ropes, rugs, and wall hangings, and the fibers can come in many colors ranging from black to reddish brown to white. Because of...

Gordon Fullerton
2012-09-19 14:20:48

Gordon Fullerton is a retired United States Air Force officer and a former NASA astronaut. He was born Charles Gordon Fullerton on October 11, 1936 in Rochester, New York. Fullerton graduated from U.S. Grant High School in Portland, Oregon and went on to further his education at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, where he earned Bachelor of Science and Master of...

Patrick Forrester
2012-09-19 14:18:27

Patrick Forrester is a NASA astronaut and a retired United States Army officer. He was born Patrick Graham Forrester on March 31, 1957 in El Paso, Texas. He is an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America and attended West Springfield High School in Springfield, Virginia, where he graduated in 1975. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in applied sciences and engineering from the...

Kevin Ford
2012-09-19 14:16:06

Kevin Ford is a former United States Air Force Colonel and a NASA astronaut. He was born Kevin Anthony Ford on July 7, 1960 in Portland, Indiana. He graduated from Blackford High School in Hartford City, Indiana in 1978, and went on to continue his education at the University of Notre Dame, where he was distinguished graduate of Detachment 225, Reserve Officer Training Corps, and earned his...

Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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