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The original 1960 group of cosmonauts is shown in a photo from May 1961 at the seaside port of Sochi. The names of many of these men were considered state secrets for more than twenty-five years. Sitting in front from left to right: Pavel Popovich, Viktor Gorbatko, Yevgeniy Khrunov, Yuri Gagarin, Chief Designer Sergey Korolev, his wife Nina Koroleva with Popovich's daughter Natasha, Cosmonaut Training Center Director Yevgeniy Karpov, parachute trainer Nikolay Nikitin, and physician Yevgeniy...
Topics: Soviet People-Cosmonauts, Soviet People-Pioneers, Who -- Pavel Popovich, Who -- Viktor Gorbatko,...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2002-000167.html
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The 363-foot tall Apollo 15 Saturn V is launched from Pad A, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center, Florida, at 9:34:00.79 a.m., July 26, 1971, on a lunar landing mission. Note that the launch is reflected in a body of water across from the launch complex.
Topics: Rocket Launches, Apollo 15, What -- Apollo 15, What -- Saturn, Where -- Kennedy Space Center (KSC),...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001115.html
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On January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger and her seven-member crew were lost when a ruptured O-ring in the right Solid Rocket Booster caused an explosion soon after launch. On this mission, the Space Shuttle Challenger's payload bay carried an Inertial Upper Stage (IUS) rocket that was to launch an attached Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) from space. Search and recovery teams lifted pieces of the 40,000- pound IUS/TDRS from the Atlantic Ocean. Although the pieces were badly...
Topics: Space Shuttle, Challenger STS-51-L, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Challenger, What --...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2004-00007.html
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by NASA/Edwin E. Buzz Aldrin
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Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., Lunar Module pilot, is photographed during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity (EVA) on the lunar surface. In the right background is the Lunar Module "Eagle." On Aldrin's right is the Solar Wind Composition (SWC) experiment already deployed. This photograph was taken by Neil A. Armstrong with a 70mm lunar surface camera.
Topics: Apollo 11, EVAs-Moonwalk, Who -- Neil A. Armstrong, What -- Apollo 11
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001211.html
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The Sputnik 1 (PS-1) satellite is shown here on a rigging truck in the assembly shop in the fall of 1957 as a technician puts finishing touches on it. When the development of the first advanced scientific satellite, Object D, proved to be more difficult than expected, the Soviets decided to launch a simpler, smaller satellite. PS-1, or Sputnik 1, began development in November 1956. The pressurized sphere made of aluminum alloy had five primary scientific objectives: 1. Test the method of...
Topics: Earth Science, Soviet-Spacecraft, What -- Sputnik 1, What -- Earth, Where -- United States of...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2002-000166.html
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View of the debris from the Space Shuttle Columbia in the hangar at Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, Louisiana. The debris was collected and cataloged prior to shipment to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. For more information on STS-107, please see GRIN Columbia General Explanation [ http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GRINColumbiaGenExpl.html ]
Topics: Columbia STS-107, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Columbia, What -- STS-107, Where --...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2003-00075.html
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On January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger and her seven-member crew were lost when a ruptured O-ring in the right Solid Rocket Booster caused an explosion soon after launch. Among other debris found in the ocean, search and recovery teams located this piece of the right vertical stabilizer. Although the stabilizer's surface suffered some heat discoloration and burns, the inner aluminum structure showed no signs of having melted. Investigators found various pieces of material from other...
Topics: Space Shuttle, Challenger STS-51-L, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Challenger, What --...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2004-00005.html
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On January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger and her seven-member crew were lost when a ruptured O-ring in the right Solid Rocket Booster caused an explosion soon after launch. Using submarines and sonar, among other equipment, to scan the ocean floor for debris, search and recovery teams located many pieces of the Shuttle. Shown here is the forward skirt of the right Solid Rocket Booster (SRB), which transfers thrust loads from the SRB to the External Tank and contains much of the SRB's...
Topics: Space Shuttle, Challenger STS-51-L, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Challenger, What --...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2004-00006.html
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by NASA
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Flying board Voyagers 1 and 2 are identical "golden" records, carrying the story of Earth far into deep space. The 12 inch gold-plated copper discs contain greetings in 60 languages, samples of music from different cultures and eras, and natural and man-made sounds from Earth. They also contain electronic information that an advanced technological civilization could convert into diagrams and photographs. The cover of each gold plated aluminum jacket, designed to protect the record...
Topics: Voyager-Galileo, What -- Earth, What -- Voyager, Where -- Black Sea
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001976.html
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On January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger and her seven-member crew were lost when a ruptured O-ring in the right Solid Rocket Booster caused an explosion soon after launch. Search and recovery teams lifted the Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSME) from the ocean after the accident and brought them to a storage building in Kennedy Space Center's Complex 39. Although impact with the ocean damaged some valves, the positions of others suggest that the SSME continued to operate until the...
Topics: Space Shuttle, Challenger STS-51-L, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Challenger, What --...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2004-00008.html
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On January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger and her seven-member crew were lost when a ruptured O-ring in the right Solid Rocket Booster caused an explosion soon after launch. After investigators concluded their report on the accident, the debris was moved from Kennedy Space Center's Complex 39 to permanent storage in two secure abandoned Minuteman Missile silos at Complex 31 on the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Topics: Space Shuttle, Challenger STS-51-L, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Challenger, What --...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2004-00014.html
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Two N1 Moon rockets appear on the pads at Tyura-Tam in early July 1969. The N1 was designed for the Soviet space program human lunar missions. In the foreground is booster number 5L with a functional payload for a lunar-orbiting mission. In the background is the IMI ground test mock-up of the N1 for rehearsing parallel launch operations. After take-off the rocket collapsed back onto the pad, destroying the entire pad area in a massive explosion. Publication information: Image from the files of...
Topics: Rocket Launches, Soviet Launch Vehicles, What -- Moon
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2002-000188.html
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by NASA
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First designed in 1959, this NASA seal has commonly been known as the "meatball" logo. After an official seal was designed, this emblem proposed by James Modarelli, the head of Lewis? Research Reports Division, was used as the more informal of the two. The sphere represents a planet, the stars symbolize space, and the red chevron signifies aeronautics (the latest design in hypersonic wings in 1959) with an orbiting spacecraft around the wing. Please see NASA "Meatball" Logo...
Topic: Miscellaneous
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2002-000195.html
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On December 17, 1903, at 10:30 am at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, this airplane arose for a few seconds to make the first powered, heavier-than-air controlled flight in history. The first flight lasted 12 seconds and flew a distance of 120 feet. Orville Wright piloted the historic flight while his brother, Wilbur, observed. The brothers took three other flights that day, each flight lasting longer than the other with the final flight going a distance of 852 feet in 59 seconds. This flight was...
Topics: Unique Aircraft, Early Aerospace-Pioneers, Where -- North Carolina
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2002-000128.html
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This montage of images taken by the Voyager spacecraft of the planets and four of Jupiter's moons is set against a false-color Rosette Nebula with Earth's moon in the foreground. Studying and mapping Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and many of their moons, Voyager provided scientists with better images and data than they had ever had before or expected from the program. Although launched sixteen days after Voyager 2, Voyager 1's trajectory was a faster path, arriving at Jupiter in March 1979....
Topics: Planetary Astronomy, Voyager-Galileo, What -- Voyager 1, What -- Moon, What -- Jupiter, What --...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2003-000006.html
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This is a model of the military Almaz space station on display. This model is of the original variant of the space station, with the large Gemini-shaped reentry capsule attached on the forward end (to the right). This capsule was later deleted from the station. The folded-up solar panels are on the left, surrounding the single docking port of the station. Almaz was the Soviet Ministry of Defense's Earth-orbital complex where cosmonauts would conduct scientific activities and experiments as well...
Topics: Soviet-Spacecraft, What -- Almaz 1, What -- Gemini, What -- Earth, What -- Salyut 2
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2002-000189.html
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This shows the evolution of Soviet space launch vehicles in the early years. From the left are the R-7 ICBM (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile), the Sputnik launcher, the Vostok launcher, and the Soyuz launcher. Publication information: Image under copyright by Peter Gorin. Image and caption from Challenge to Apollo: The Soviet Union and the Space Race, 1945- 1974 (NASA SP-2000-4408) by Asif A. Siddiqi. Please note that the image number assigned to this image is not an official NASA number. It...
Topic: Soviet Launch Vehicles
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2002-000184.html
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An early space station concept drawing. The station was designed as a laboratory to study the physical and behavioral effects of prolonged space flight, and could have possibly been crewed by 50 people. This particular image appeared in the 1959 Space The New Frontier brochure produced by NASA.
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Topic: space station concepts
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2003-00112.html
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On January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger and her seven-member crew were lost when a ruptured O-ring in the right Solid Rocket Booster caused an explosion soon after launch. After the accident, search and recovery teams worked for months to bring debris from the Shuttle to impoundment areas at the Kennedy Space Center and the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, where reconstruction teams separated the pieces of the Orbiter from those of the External Tank (ET) and the Solid Rocket Boosters...
Topics: Space Shuttle, Challenger STS-51-L, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Challenger, What --...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2004-00003.html
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A giant photo map of the contiguous 48 states of the United States, the first ever assembled from satellite images, completed for NASA by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service Cartographic Division. The map is 10 by 16 feet, is composed of 595 cloud-free black-and-white images returned from NASA's first Earth Resources Technology Satellite (ERTS-1). The images were all taken at the same altitude (912 kilometers: 560 miles) and the same lighting angle. The images were...
Topics: Earth Science, What -- Earth, Where -- United States of America
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2003-00031.html
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by NASA, Jeff Hester and Paul Scowen Arizona State University
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These eerie, dark pillar-like structures are columns of cool interstellar hydrogen gas and dust that are also incubators for new stars. The pillars protrude from the interior wall of a dark molecular cloud like stalagmites from the floor of a cavern. They are part of the "Eagle Nebula" (also called M16 -- the 16th object in Charles Messier's 18th century catalog of "fuzzy" objects that aren't comets), a nearby star-forming region 7,000 light-years away in the constellation...
Topics: Deep Space Studies, Hubble, What -- COMETS, What -- Constellation, What -- Serpens, What -- Hubble...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-000987.html
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In 1985, a British scientist working in Antarctica discovered a 40 percent loss in the ozone layer over the continent. When Goddard Space Flight Center researchers reviewed their data, they confirmed the ozone loss. Since then, scientists have relied on instrumentation developed by Goddard to keep track of the environmental phenomenon, which in the 1990s prompted a worldwide ban on chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), a chemical used for refrigeration and other industrial uses. In this image, the...
Topics: Planet-Earth, Earth Science, What -- Sun, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2002-000117.html
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This digital mosaic of cloud pictures was taken by the Environmental Science Services Administration (ESSA) 5 satellite on September 14, 1967. It shows more than a dozen storm areas, including hurricanes Beulah, Dora, Chloe, Monica, and Nannette. The picture signals, received in analog form from the satellite, were sampled at short time intervals, and numbers were assigned according to the brightness indicated by the basic signal. The computer then located each digital value and precise map...
Topics: Earth Science, What -- ESSA 5, Where -- Florida
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2003-00024.html
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by NASA
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On October 5, 1993, Langley's F-16XL High Lift jet was rolled out with a dynamic yellow and black paint job for Aero-Dynamic Flow Studies in High Speed Research.
Topic: Unique Aircraft
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001925.html
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by NASA
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On January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger and her seven-member crew were lost when a ruptured O-ring in the right Solid Rocket Booster caused an explosion soon after launch. After the accident, search and recovery teams worked for months to bring debris from Shuttle to impoundment areas at the Kennedy Space Center and the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, where reconstruction teams separated the pieces of the orbiter from those of the External Tank and the Solid Rocket Boosters. Taped...
Topics: Space Shuttle, Challenger STS-51-L, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Challenger, What --...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2004-00002.html
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Sputnik 2 is shown with its unique payload shroud at the launch pad at Tyura-Tam on November 3, 1957. Warm air was piped into the capsule to keep the dog Layka, the first living being to reach orbit, comfortable amid the freezing temperatures. Rising temperatures due to thermal control problems killed Layka on the fourth day of the mission. Publication information: Image from the files of Peter Gorin. Image and caption from Challenge to Apollo: The Soviet Union and the Space Race, 1945-1974...
Topics: Rocket Launches, Soviet Launch Vehicles, What -- Sputnik 2
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2002-000182.html
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by NASA, The Hubble Heritage Team, STScI, AURA
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Glittering stars and wisps of gas create a breathtaking backdrop for the self-destruction of a massive star, called supernova 1987A, in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a nearby galaxy. Astronomers in the Southern hemisphere witnessed the brilliant explosion of this star on Feb. 23, 1987. Shown in this NASA Hubble Space Telescope image, the supernova remnant, surrounded by inner and outer rings of material, is set in a forest of ethereal, diffuse clouds of gas. This three-color image is composed of...
Topics: Deep Space Studies, Hubble, What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST), What -- Camera 2, What -- Sun,...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-000948.html
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A drawing of the VR-190, the first Soviet conception of a piloted spacecraft in the post World War II era. Conceived by Mikhail Tikhonravov at Scientific Research Institute No. 1 (NII-1) in 1945, the VR-190 would carry two "stratonauts" strapped in an upright position on a 200-kilometer "hop" into the upper atmosphere. Many design innovations from the project were later used in the 1060s-era spacecraft, such as Voskhod and Soyuz. Publication information: Image from the files...
Topic: Soviet-Spacecraft
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2002-000162.html
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Sergey Korolev, founder of the Soviet space program, in July 1954 with a dog that just returned to Earth after a lob to an altitude of 100 kilometers on an R-1D scientific rocket. In 1951, the Soviet Union became the first country to safely recover a living organism after a flight in space. In 1957, a dog, Layka, became the first living organism to reach Earth's orbit. Traveling aboard Sputnik 2, rising temperatures due to thermal control problems killed Layka on the fourth day of the mission....
Topics: Soviet People-Pioneers, What -- Earth, What -- Sputnik 2
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2002-000163.html
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Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot of the first lunar landing mission, poses for a photograph beside the deployed United States flag during an Apollo 11 Extravehicular Activity (EVA) on the lunar surface. The Lunar Module (LM) is on the left, and the footprints of the astronauts are clearly visible in the soil of the Moon. Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, commander, took this picture with a 70mm Hasselblad lunar surface camera. While astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin descended in the LM, the...
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Topics: Astronauts, Apollo 11, Who -- Buzz Aldrin, Who -- Neil A. Armstrong, Who -- Michael Collins, What...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2001-000012.html
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Voyager 2 was launched August 20, 1977, sixteen days before Voyager 1 aboard a Titan-Centaur rocket. Their different flight trajectories caused Voyager 2 to arrive at Jupiter four months later than Voyager 1, thus explaining their numbering. The initial mission plan for Voyager 2 specified visits only to Jupiter and Saturn. The plan was augmented in 1981 to include a visit to Uranus, and again in 1985 to include a flyby of Neptune. After completing the tour of the outer planets in 1989, the...
Topics: Rocket Launches, Voyager-Galileo, What -- Voyager 1, What -- Titan, What -- Centaur, What --...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2003-000002.html
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One of two initial U.S. Air Force SR-71A reconnaissance aircraft that was retired from operational service and loaned to NASA for high-speed research programs arrives at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. The aircraft deployed its drag chute even before its nose gear touches the runway at the end of a 1990 research flight. Dryden flew three YF-12 aircraft, prototypes of the triple-sonic SR-71s, in an earlier supersonic research program between 1969 and 1979.
Topics: Unique Aircraft, Top 20 Dryden Aircraft, Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC), Where --...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001944.html
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This oblique view of the Moon's surface was photographed by the Apollo 10 astronauts in May of 1969. Center point coordinates are located at 16 degrees, 2 minutes east longitude and 0 degrees, 3 minutes north latitude. One of the Apollo 10 astronauts attached a 250mm lens and aimed a handheld 70mm camera at the surface from lunar orbit for a series of pictures in this area.
Topics: Earths Moon, Apollo 10, What -- Apollo 10
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001485.html
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The mission profile for Yuri Gagarin?s pioneering flight into space. The flight took place on April 12, 1961 in the Vostok spaceship. Publication information: Image under copyright by R.F. Gibbons. Image and caption from Challenge to Apollo: The Soviet Union and the Space Race, 1945- 1974 by Asif A. Siddiqi. Please note that the image number assigned to this image is not an official NASA number. It is for GRIN database purposes only.
Topics: Soviet Launch Vehicles, Soviet Spacecraft, Soviet People- Cosmonauts, Who -- Yuri Gagarin
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2002-000224.html
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A NASA Project Mercury spacecraft was test launched at 11:15 AM EST on April 25, 1961 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in a test designed to qualify the Mercury Spacecraft and all systems, which must function during orbit and reentry from orbit. The Mercury-Atlas vehicle was destroyed by Range Safety Officer about 40 seconds after liftoff. The spacecraft was recovered and appeared to be in good condition. Atlas was designed to launch payloads into low Earth orbit, geosynchronous transfer orbit or...
Topics: Rocket Launches, Atlas, What -- Mercury, What -- Atlas, What -- Earth, What -- SCORE, What --...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2003-00042.html
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On January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger and her seven-member crew were lost when a ruptured O-ring in the right Solid Rocket Booster caused an explosion soon after launch. Search and recovery teams lifted this fragment of the Shuttle's Solid Rocket Booster (SRB) from the ocean onto a waiting ship and then returned it to Kennedy Space Center for the investigation into causes of the accident. A chemical profile on the propellant traces remaining on the metal combined with its ocean...
Topics: Space Shuttle, Challenger STS-51-L, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Challenger, What --...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2004-00009.html
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The first stage of the huge Apollo Saturn V moon rocket is lifted by crane for installation into the B-2 test stand at the Mississippi Test Facility.
Topics: Rocket Propulsion, Saturn V, Historical-Stennis, What -- Saturn, What -- Moon, Where -- Mississippi
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-000559.html
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At about 76 seconds, fragments of the Orbiter can be seen tumbling against a background of fire, smoke and vaporized propellants from the External Tank. The left Solid Rocket Booster (SRB) flys rampant, still thrusting. The reddish-brown cloud envelops the disintergrating Orbiter. The color is indicative of the nitrogen tetroxide oxidizer propellant in the Orbiter Reaction Control System. On January 28, 1986 frigid overnight temperatures caused normally pliable rubber O-ring seals and putty...
Topics: Space Shuttle, Challenger, What -- Challenger
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001422.html
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This is a model of the complete Spiral system on display. The high-speed 50-50 carrier aircraft would have returned to an airport after accelerating its combined payload to a velocity of about Mach 5-6. The actual Spiral spaceplane is mounted on top of the carrier's fuselage backed by a two-stage cylindrical rocket at its base. Spiral was a combination of aviation and rocket technology, a three-component craft made of a hypersonic booster-aircraft, a booster rocket and orbital aircraft. Similar...
Topics: Aeronautical Research, Soviet Aeronautics, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2002-000185.html
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This shows the evolution of the UR-500 space launch vehicle. For many years, Westerners believed that the clustered modules of the first stage were strap-on boosters. These were in fact only propellant tanks and not self-contained stages. Publication information: Image from the files of Peter Gorin. Image and caption from Challenge to Apollo: The Soviet Union and the Space Race, 1945- 1974 (NASA SP-2000-4408) by Asif A. Siddiqi. Please note that the image number assigned to this image is not an...
Topic: Soviet Launch Vehicles
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2002-000186.html
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by NASA
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The original members of the Group for the Investigation of Reactive Engines and Reactive Flight (GIRD, the Russian acronym)team are shown here in 1932. Top center is Yuriy Pobedonostsev, while bottom center is Sergey Korolev. On the extreme right is Fridrikh Tsander, the space visionary who founded the group. A growing interest in rocketry and space exploration arose in the 1920s and 1930s. In 1931 a group of amateurs interested in space travel gathered in Moscow to form GIRD. The Soviet...
Topics: Rocket Launches, Rocket Propulsion, Soviet People-Pioneers, What -- Moon, Where -- Moscow
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2002-000159.html
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by NACA
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Dr. Werhner von Braun, then Chief, Guided Missile Development Operation Division at Army Ballistic Missile Agency (ABMA) in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, was visited by Walt Disney in 1954. In the 1950's, von Braun worked with Disney Studio as a technical director, making three films about space exploration for television. A model of the V-2 rocket is in background.
Topics: VIPs-People at NASA-NACA, NASA-Center-Directors, Where -- Alabama
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-000060.html
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by NASA
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This photograph shows Apollo 1's Command Module a day after the fire that took the lives of astronauts Lt. Col. Virgil "Gus" Ivan Grissom, Lt. Col. Edward Higgins White II, and Lt. Cdr. Roger Bruce Chaffee. The photograph was taken in the White Room at Launch Complex 34 where the Command Module was taken. The exterior effects of the intense heat of the flash fire can be seen. An investigative board was promptly set up to examine the accident and identify the cause of the fire. The...
Topics: Apollo-1, What -- Moon
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2003-00057.html
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by NASA/Eugene Cernan
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Geologist-Astronaut Harrison Schmitt, Apollo 17 Lunar Module pilot, is photographed next to the American Flag during extravehicular activity (EVA) of NASA's final lunar landing mission in the Apollo series. The photo was taken at the Taurus-Littrow landing site. The highest part of the flag appears to point toward our planet earth in the distant background.
Topics: Apollo 17, EVAs-Moonwalk, Who -- Harrison Schmitt, What -- Apollo 17, What -- Taurus, What -- Earth
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001137.html
NASA Images
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This is an image of a small portion of the Cygnus Loop supernova remnant, which marks the edge of a bubble-like, expanding blast wave from a colossal stellar explosion, occurring about 15,000 years ago. The HST image shows the structure behind the shock waves, allowing astronomers for the first time to directly compare the actual structure of the shock with theoretical model calculations. Besides supernova remnants, these shock models are important in understanding a wide range of astrophysical...
Topics: Deep Space Studies, Hubble, What -- Cygnus, What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST), What -- Advanced...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-000992.html
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Through a cloud-washed blue sky above Launch Pad 39A, Space Shuttle Columbia hurtles toward space on mission STS-107. Following the countdown, liftoff occurred on-time at 10:39 EST. Experiments in the SPACEHAB module ranged from material sciences to life sciences. For more information on STS-107, please see GRIN Columbia General Explanation [ http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GRINColumbiaGenExpl.html ]
Topics: Rocket Launches, Columbia STS-107, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Columbia, What -- STS-107
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2003-00074.html
NASA Images
by NASA
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On November 9, 1967, Apollo 4, the first test flight of the Apollo/Saturn V space vehicle, was launched from Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39. This was an unmanned test flight intended to prove that the complex Saturn V rocket could perform its requirements. All three stages separated successfully and their engines performed as planned. The third stage also restarted in orbit, which was a requirement for lunar missions. At the end of the flight, the unmanned Apollo spacecraft reentered...
Topics: Rocket Launches, Saturn V, What -- Apollo 4, What -- Saturn, What -- Moon, Where -- Kennedy Space...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-000044.html
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Apollo 16 astronauts (left to right), Lunar Module Pilot Charles M. Duke, Commander John W. Young, and Command Module Pilot Thomas K. Mattingly II during a training exercise in preparation for the Lunar Landing Mission.
Topics: Astronauts, Apollo Spacecraft, Apollo 16, What -- Apollo 16
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2002-000021.html
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James E. Webb served as the second Administrator for NASA from February 14, 1961, to October 7, 1968. Webb was born on October 7, 1906, in Tally Ho, North Carolina. After receiving a B.A. in Education from the University of North Carolina, he went on to serve as a pilot in the Marine Corps and later graduated from George Washington University with a law degree. Webb worked in various positions on Capitol Hill until World War II when he re-entered the Marine Corps. After the war Webb served as...
Topics: VIPs-People at NASA-NACA, NASA-Management, NASA-Administrators, Who -- James E. Webb, Where --...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2002-000083.html
NASA Images
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This is a montage of planetary images taken by spacecraft managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. Included are (from top to bottom) images of Mercury, Venus, Earth (and Moon), Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. The spacecraft responsible for these images are as follows: the Mercury image was taken by Mariner 10, the Venus image by Magellan, the Earth image by Galileo, the Mars image by Viking, and the Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune images by Voyager. Pluto is not...
Topics: Space Probes, Planetary Astronomy, What -- Mercury, What -- Venus, What -- Earth, What -- Moon,...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-000454.html
NASA Images
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At 9:32 a.m. EDT, the swing arms move away and a plume of flame signals the liftoff of the Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle and astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr. from Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A.
Topics: Apollo 11, Rocket Launches, Who -- Neil A. Armstrong, Who -- Michael Collins, What -- Apollo 11,...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-000629.html
NASA Images
by NASA
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Hermann Oberth (1894-1989) is considered to be one of the top three pioneers in modern rocketry and is credited with suggesting that space stations would be essential if humans wished to travel to other planets. Oberth was the only one out of the three (Konstantin Tsiolkovsky and Robert Goddard are the other two) to see human spaceflight come to fruition. He was inspired by the tales of Jules Verne in From the Earth to the Moon and Travel to the Moon. He is also the author of Die Rakete zu den...
Topics: Space-Station Concepts, International Space Station, Early Aerospace Pioneers, What -- Jules Verne,...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2003-00099.html
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by NASA
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Originally designated as the Apollo/Saturn 204 mission, but more commonly known as Apollo 1, this photograph shows the crew in training. On January 27, 1967, disaster fell upon the Apollo 1 mission when a sudden fire broke out in the command module during a launch pad test in which all three of the primary crew perished. Astronauts Lt. Col. Virgil "Gus" Ivan Grissom, Lt.Col. Edward Higgins White II, and Lt. Cdr. Roger Bruce Chaffee died quickly in the tragic accident. An investigative...
Topics: Apollo-1, What -- Moon
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2003-00056.html
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by NASA
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The NACA's and LMAL's first civilian test pilot, Thomas Carroll.
Topics: VIPs-People at NASA-NACA, NACA-LaRC
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001379.html
NASA Images
by NASA, JPL
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During its flight, the Galileo spacecraft returned images of the Earth and Moon. Separate images of the Earth and Moon were combined to generate this view. The Galileo spacecraft took the images in 1992 on its way to explore the Jupiter system in 1995-97. The image shows a partial view of the Earth centered on the Pacific Ocean about latitude 20 degrees south. The west coast of South America can be observed as well as the Caribbean; swirling white cloud patterns indicate storms in the southeast...
Topics: Planet-Earth, Earths Moon, Voyager-Galileo, What -- Galileo, What -- Earth, What -- Moon, What --...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001437.html
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by NACA
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Clad in a fur lined leather flying suit with oxygen facepiece, NACA test pilot Paul King prepares to take to the air in a Vought VE-7.
Topic: NACA-LaRC
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001380.html
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President John F. Kennedy visited Marshall Space Flight Center on September 11, 1962. Here President Kennedy and Dr. Wernher von Braun, MSFC Director, tour one of the laboratories.
Topics: Presidents, NASA Management, Where -- Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-000069.html
NASA Images
by NASA
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Previously unseen details of a mysterious, complex structure within the Carina Nebula (NGC 3372) are revealed by this image of the "Keyhole Nebula," obtained with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. The picture is a montage assembled from four different April 1999 telescope pointings with Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2, which used six different color filters. The picture is dominated by a large, approximately circular feature, which is part of the Keyhole Nebula, named in the 19th...
Topics: Deep Space Studies, Hubble, What -- Carina, What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST), What -- Wide...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-000880.html
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by National Geographic Society
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Rocket with turbopumps that inject propellants into the combustion chamber on its assembly frame is shown without its casing at the Goddard shop in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1940. With Dr. Robert Goddard (far left) is Nils Ljungquist, machinist; Albert Kisk, brother-in-law and machinist; and Charles Mansur, welder. Dr. Goddard has been recognized as the father of American rocketry and as one of the pioneers in the theoretical exploration of space. His dream was the conquest of the upper...
Topics: VIPs-People at NASA-NACA, Where -- New Mexico, Where -- United States of America
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2002-000140.html
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NASAs first six women astronauts pose with a mockup of a personal rescue enclosure (PRE) or "rescue ball" in the crew systems laboratory at the Johnson Space Center. The PRE was created as a possible means of transporting astronauts from one Shuttle to another in case of an emergency. The PRE only reached the prototype stage and never flew on any missions. The group includes mission specialists, from left to right, Margaret R. (Rhea) Seddon, Kathryn D. Sullivan, Judith A. Resnick,...
Topics: Astronauts, Space Shuttle, Women, What -- Rhea, Where -- Johnson Space Center (JSC)
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2002-000207.html
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Astronaut James A. Lovell, Jr., Commander of the Apollo 13, relates to the members of the Senate Space Committee in an open session the problems of the Apollo 13 mission. In the background is Dr. Thomas O. Paine, NASA Administrator.
Topics: Astronauts, NASA Management, Apollo 13, What -- Apollo 13
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001612.html
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Columbia Space Shuttle astronauts Commander Thomas K. Mattingly, foreground, and Pilot Henry W. Hartsfield salute President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy, as the astronauts begin the customary walk-around inspection of the orbiter after landing. Mattingly and Hartsfield were the first to land the Shuttle on a concrete runway. The landing proved that the shuttle could return safely to a precisely targeted location on Earth.
Topics: Astronauts, Space Shuttle, Presidents, What -- Columbia, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What --...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001702.html
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The Apollo 11 Command/Service Module (CSM) are being mated to the Saturn V Lunar Module Adapter.
Topics: Apollo 11, Apollo Spacecraft, What -- Apollo 11, What -- Saturn
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-000959.html
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by NASA
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View of Earth limb horizon during sunrise with Mars and Venus rising.
Topics: Space Shuttle, What -- Earth, What -- Mars, What -- Venus
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001047.html
NASA Images
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Take-off of America's first "rocket-assisted" airplane, an Ercoupe fitted with a GALCIT developed solid propellent 28 pound thrust JATO (Jet Assisted Take-Off) booster. The Ercoupe took off from March Field, California and was piloted by Captain Homer A. Boushey Jr.
Topics: VIPs-People at NASA-NACA, Where -- California
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001538.html
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This photo of the Soviet Council of Chief Designers dates from 1959 during control of a Luna mission to the Moon. From the left are Aleksey Bogomolov, Mikhail Ryazanskiy, Nikolay Pilyugin, Sergey Korolev, Valentin Glushko, Vladimir Barmin, and Vikto Kuznetsov. Most reproductions of the picture have Bogomolov on the left cropped off because he was not one of the original members of the council from the 1940s. When Korolev formed the council in November 1947, it operated as an informal and...
Topics: Soviet People-Pioneers, What -- Moon
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2002-000169.html
NASA Images
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Interior view of Drafting Room in Engine Research Building showing men at work at the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory. This building was considered the research heart of NACA Lewis. It was built by the Sam W. Emerson Company and was completed in 1942. It is a multipurpose flexible space covering more than 4.25 acres and can be changed according to research priorities. The Aircraft Engine Research Center, Cleveland Ohio, is now known as the John H. Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field.
Topics: NACA-GRC-LRC, Aircraft Propulsion, Where -- Lewis Field, Where -- Ohio, Where -- Glenn Research...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001447.html
NASA Images
by NASA, The Hubble Heritage Team, STScI, AURA
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In 1995, the majestic spiral galaxy NGC 4414 was imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope as part of the HST Key Project on the Extragalactic Distance Scale. An international team of astronomers, led by Dr. Wendy Freedman of the Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, observed this galaxy on 13 different occasions over the course of two months. Images were obtained with Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) through three different color filters. Based on their discovery...
Topics: Deep Space Studies, Hubble, What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST), What -- Wide Field Planetary...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-000933.html
NASA Images
by NASA, Hui Yang University of Illinois ODNursery of New Stars
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This is a Hubble Space Telescope image (right) of a vast nebula called NGC 604, which lies in the neighboring spiral galaxy M33, located 2.7 million light-years away in the constellation Triangulum. This is a site where new stars are being born in a spiral arm of the galaxy. Though such nebulae are common in galaxies, this one is particularly large, nearly 1,500 light-years across. The nebula is so vast it is easily seen in ground-based telescopic images (left). At the heart of NGC 604 are over...
Topics: Deep Space Studies, Hubble, What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST), What -- Constellation, What --...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-000972.html
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Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot, walks on the surface of the Moon near the leg of the Lunar Module (LM) "Eagle" during the Apollo 11 exravehicular activity (EVA). Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, commander, took this photograph with a 70mm lunar surface camera. While astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin descended in the Lunar Module (LM) "Eagle" to explore the Sea of Tranquility region of the Moon, astronaut Michael Collins, command module pilot, remained with the Command...
Topics: Astronauts, Apollo 11, Who -- Buzz Aldrin, Who -- Neil A. Armstrong, Who -- Michael Collins, What...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2001-000013.html
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This image, drawn in 1970, is an artist's rendering of the Pioneer 10 spacecraft trajectory, with the planets labeled and a list of the instruments that were intended to be flown. Before the use of computer animation, artists were hired by JPL and NASA to depict a spacecraft in flight, for use as a visual aid to promote the project during development. Pioneer 10 was managed by NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. The Pioneer F spacecraft, as it was known before launch, was...
Topics: Space Probes, What -- Pioneer 10, What -- Deep Space Network, What -- Mars, What -- Jupiter, What...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2003-00066.html
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by Smithsonian Institution
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Amelia Earhart standing in front of the Lockheed Electra in which she disappeared in July 1937. Born in Atchison, Kansas in 1897, Amelia Earhart did not begin flying until after her move to California in 1920. After taking lessons from aviation pioneer Neta Snook in a Curtiss Jenny, Earhart set out to break flying records, breaking the women altitude records in 1922. Earhart continually promoted women in aviation and in 1928 was invited to be the first women to fly across the Atlantic....
Topics: Women, What -- Electra, Where -- Kansas, Where -- California, Where -- Hawaii, Where -- Florida,...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2002-000211.html
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This eerie, dark structure, resembling an imaginary sea serpent's head, is a column of cool molecular hydrogen gas (two atoms of hydrogen in each molecule) and dust that is an incubator for new stars. The stars are embedded inside finger-like protrusions extending from the top of the nebula. Each "fingertip" is somewhat larger than our own solar system. The pillar is slowly eroding away by the ultraviolet light from nearby hot stars, a process called "photoevaporation." As...
Topics: Deep Space Studies, Hubble, What -- Constellation, What -- Serpens, What -- Hubble Space Telescope...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001947.html
NASA Images
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Astronaut Charles M. Duke Jr., Lunar Module pilot of the Apollo 16 mission, is photographed collecting lunar samples at Station no. 1 during the first Apollo 16 extravehicular activity at the Descartes landing site. This picture, looking eastward, was taken by Astronaut John W. Young, commander. Duke is standing at the rim of Plum crater, which is 40 meters in diameter and 10 meters deep. The parked Lunar Roving Vehicle can be seen in the left background.
Topics: Apollo 16, EVAs-Moonwalk, What -- Apollo 16, What -- Crater
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001132.html
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Here are some of the thousands of persons who camped out on beaches and roads adjacent to the Kennedy Space Center to watch the Apollo 11 Liftoff.
Topics: Apollo 11, What -- Apollo 11, Where -- Kennedy Space Center (KSC)
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001852.html