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Spacelab Remembered 30 Years Later
2013-11-29 05:26:01

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The first European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut traveled into space alongside the first Spacelab reusable laboratory 30 years ago Thursday, marking the organization’s inaugural entry into manned spaceflight. That astronaut, Ulf Merbold, became the first non-American to participate in a space shuttle mission when he departed from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on November 28, 1983, the ESA explained in a statement. “The six...

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2011-03-24 13:05:10

After eight weeks of exercises and classroom activities, 4000 children from more than 25 cities worldwide are about to conclude their "ËœMission X: Train Like an Astronaut' challenge that promotes healthy nutrition and regular exercise. Acrobatic space somersaults and climbing martian mountains are some of the fun activities "“ inspired by astronaut training "“ performed by children and teachers from Austria, Belgium, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy,...


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2012-03-10 09:07:55

Challenger launched from Kennedy Space Center on October 30, 1985 at 12:00 PM EST and landed at Edwards Air Force Base on November 6 at 9:44 AM PST. The shuttle orbited 112 times at an altitude of 207 nautical miles at an inclination of 57 degrees. The mission lasted 7 days, 0 hours, 44 minutes, and 51 seconds. The dedicated German Spacelab (D-1) mission was conducted in a long module configuration, which featured a Vestibular Sled designed to give scientists data on the functional...

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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.