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The Apollo 16 prime crew mission portrait. The astronauts are, from left to right, Thomas K. Mattingly II, command module pilot, John W. Young, commander, and Charles M. Duke Jr., lunar module pilot.
Topics: Astronauts, Apollo 16, What -- Apollo 16
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2006-000023.html
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A Navy helicopter arrivies to recover the Apollo 10 astronauts, seen entering a life raft, as the Command Module "Charlie Brown" floats in the South Pacific. U.S. Navy underwater demolition team swimmers assist in the recovery operations. Splashdown occurred at 11:53 a.m., May 26, 1969, about 400 miles east of American Samoa. Note that in this photo the divers have attached a flotation collar to the spacecraft.
Topics: Spacecraft Landings, Apollo 10, What -- Apollo 10, Where -- American Samoa, Where -- Samoa
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001143.html
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Commander Philip Eldredge Jerauld (at microphone), ship's chaplain for U.S.S. Iwo Jima, offers a prayer of thanks for the safe return of the Apollo 13 crew members soon after they arrived aboard the recovery ship. Standing in the center of the picture, from the left, are astronauts James A. Lovell Jr., Commander; Fred W. Haise Jr., Lunar Module Pilot; and John L. Swigert Jr., Command Module Pilot. The Apollo 13 Command Module "Odyssey" splashed down at 12:07:44 p.m. (CST), April 17,...
Topics: Apollo 13, What -- Apollo 13
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001318.html
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A perilous space flight comes to a smooth ending with the safe splashdown of the Apollo 13 Command Module (CM) in the south Pacific Ocean, only four miles from the prime recovery ship, the U.S.S. Iwo Jima. The Command Module "Odyssey" with Commander, James A. Lovell Jr., Command Module pilot, John L. Swigert Jr. and Lunar Module pilot Fred W. Haise Jr. splashed down at 12:07:44 p.m. (CST), April 17, 1970. The crew men were transported by helicopter from the immediate recovery area to...
Topics: Spacecraft Landings, Apollo 13, What -- Apollo 13, Where -- Pacific Ocean
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001312.html
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by NASA/Michael Collins
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The Apollo 11 Lunar Module (LM) "Eagle", in a landing configuration is photographed in lunar orbit from the Command and Service Modules (CSM) "Columbia". Inside the LM were Commander, Neil A. Armstrong, and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. The long "rod-like" protrusions under the landing pods are lunar surface sensing probes. Upon contact with the lunar surface, the probes send a signal to the crew to shut down the descent engine.
Topics: Apollo 11, Lunar Module, Who -- Neil A. Armstrong, What -- Apollo 11
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001210.html
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After a brief stint in the printing business, Orville and Wilbur Wright decided to open a bicycle shop together. After initially only selling and repairing bicycles in Dayton, Ohio, the Wright brothers began to make modifications on bicycles and to build their own models. They also took custom orders from their patrons. Still used today, their revolutionary oil-retaining wheel hub and coaster brakes made early bicycling easier and more comfortable. This photograph shows the Wright Cycle shop as...
Topics: Miscellaneous-1, Aerospace-Pioneers, Where -- Ohio, Where -- Michigan
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2003-00068.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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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
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Though all looks peaceful in this image of the big blue marble taken by the GOES 8 weather satellite, one of two weather satellites designed and built by NASA but operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, statistically the United States has the world's most violent weather. In a typical year, the U.S. will endure some 10,000 violent thunderstorms, 5,000 floods, 1,000 tornadoes and several hurricanes. Improving weather prediction, therefore, always has been a top priority...
Topics: Planet-Earth, Earth Science, What -- GOES 10, Where -- United States of America
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2002-000112.html
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The four-stage Black Brandt shown here blasting off from a launch pad at the Wallops Island Flight Facility in rural Virginia is at 66 feet (20 meters), the tallest of NASA's 13 sounding rockets. These rockets can carry scientific payloads of various weights up to 1,213 lbs. (550 kg) to altitudes from 30 miles (48 km) to more than 800 miles (1,287 km). Researchers like to use sounding rockets because they offer an inexpensive means for conducting space, microgravity and Earth science research...
Topics: Rocket Launches, Wallops Island, What -- Earth, Where -- Virginia
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001325.html
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Recovery of part of the first stage of NASA?s Gemini V Booster, the first to ever be retrieved from space was made by the U.S.S. Dupont. The booster was used to launch the Gemini V Spacecraft from Cape Kennedy, Florida, and re-entered the earth's atmosphere 450 miles N.E. of Cape Kennedy.
Topics: Gemini Program, KSC Historical, What -- Gemini, Where -- Florida
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2002-000191.html
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by NASA/Fred Lingelbach
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Analog Computing Machine in the Fuel Systems Building. This is an early version of the modern computer. The device is located in the Engine Research Building at the Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory, now John H. Glenn Research Center, Cleveland Ohio.
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Topics: NACA-GRC-LRC, Computers, Aircraft Propulsion, Where -- Glenn Research Center (GRC), Where -- Ohio
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-000354.html
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This photograph of the Gemini 7 spacecraft was taken from the hatch window of the Gemini 6 spacecraft during rendezvous and station-keeping maneuvers at an altitude of approximately 160 miles above the Earth. The two spacecraft are approximately nine feet apart. Gemini 6 and Gemini 7 launched on December 15, 1965 and December 4, 1965, respectively. Walter M. Schirra, Jr. and Thomas P. Stafford on Gemini 6 and Edward H. White II and Michael Collins on Gemini 7 practiced rendezvous and station...
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Topics: Gemini 6, Gemini 7, Who -- Michael Collins, What -- Gemini 6, What -- Earth, What -- Gemini 7
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2006-000034.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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An aerial view of the Apollo Saturn V Facilities Test vehicle rolling out of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) and heading to Launch Complex 39A. This test vehicle, designated the Apollo Saturn 500F, will never make the journey to the moon. However, it is being used to verify launch facilities, train launch crews, and develop test and checkout procedures.
Topics: Aerial Photographs, Saturn V, What -- Saturn, What -- Moon
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-000614.html
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The STS-51L crewmembers are: in the back row from left to right: Mission Specialist, Ellison S. Onizuka, Teacher in Space Participant Sharon Christa McAuliffe, Payload Specialist, Greg Jarvis and Mission Specialist, Judy Resnik. In the front row from left to right: Pilot Mike Smith, Commander, Dick Scobee and Mission Specialist, Ron McNair.
Topics: Astronauts, Space Shuttle, Women, Challenger STS-51-L, Who -- Dick Scobee, What -- STS-51, What --...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001173.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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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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In 1962, the United States Navy built the first satellite communications ship, the U.S.N.S. Kingsport. The picture shows a 53- foot white plastic dome protecting a 30-foot stabilized parabolic antenna. This ship served as a surface-based station for tracking and communications for NASA's Project Syncom. Project Syncom's objective was to demonstrate the technology for synchronous orbit communication satellites. The first Syncom was launched on February 14, 1963.
Topics: Communication-Satellites, Where -- United States of America
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2003-00017.html
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This first image of the global biosphere which was produced by combining data from two different satellite sensors show for the first time the productive potential of the Earth's vegetative biomass. The ocean image is a composite of all data collected during the 20-month period from November 1978 through June 1980 by the Coastal Zone Color Scanner (CZCS) flown on NASA's Nimbus-7 satellite, managed by the Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland. The CZCS data show concentrations of...
Topics: Earth Science, What -- Nimbus 7, What -- NOAA 7, What -- Earth, Where -- Goddard Space Flight...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2003-00027.html
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Apollo 16 Commander, John Young, center; and Lunar Module Pilot Charles Duke, foreground, inspect the Lunar Roving Vehicle they will use for transportation on the Moon during a Deployment Test in the Manned Spacecraft Operations Building at the Kennedy Space Center. The Rover is stored in the Ascent Stage of the Lunar Module for the trip to the Lunar surface. This inspection came during a review of Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments at the Spaceport. Launch is set for March 17.
Topics: Astronauts, Apollo 17, Who -- John Young, Who -- Charles Duke, What -- Apollo 16, What -- Moon,...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001858.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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A technician works atop the white room through which the Apollo astronauts will enter their spacecraft, which is stacked at the top of a Saturn V rocket. The vehicle is being prepared for the first manned lunar landing mission.
Topics: Apollo 11, Saturn V, What -- Saturn
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-000625.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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The historical evolution of airfoil sections, 1908-1944. The last two shapes are low-drag sections designed to have laminar flow over 60 to 70 percent of chord on both the upper and lower surface.
Topics: NACA-LaRC, Aeronautical Research
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001299.html
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by NASA/Robert O Dell Kerry P. Handron Rice University, Houston Texas
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These gigantic, tadpole-shaped objects are probably the result of a dying star's last gasps. Dubbed "cometary knots" because their glowing heads and gossamer tails resemble comets, the gaseous objects probably were formed during a star's final stages of life. Hubble astronomer C. Robert O'Dell and graduate student Kerry P. Handron of Rice University in Houston, Texas discovered thousands of these knots with the Hubble Space Telescope while exploring the Helix nebula, the closest...
Topics: Deep Space Studies, Hubble, What -- COMETS, What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST), What -- Earth,...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001370.html
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A close-up view of a Space Shuttle Main Engine during a test at the John C. Stennis Space Center shows how the engine is gimballed, or rotated to evaluate the performance of its components under simulated flight conditions.
Topics: Space Shuttle, Rocket Propulsion, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, Where -- Stennis Space Center (SSC)
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-000552.html
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by NASA, Massimo Stiavelli, STScI ODButterfly Nebula
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The Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) is back at work, capturing this image of the "butterfly wing"- shaped nebula, NGC 2346. The nebula is about 2,000 light-years away from Earth in the direction of the constellation Monoceros. It represents the spectacular "last gasp" of a binary star system at the nebula's center. The image was taken on March 6, 1997 as part of the recommissioning of the Hubble Space Telescope's previously installed...
Topics: Deep Space Studies, Hubble, What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST), What -- Camera 2, What -- Earth,...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-000902.html
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The Space Shuttle rises majestically above Launch Complex 39's Pad A on the first leg of its maiden journey into space. On board for the historic flight are astronauts John Young and Bob Crippen, scheduled to spend nearly 54 hours in space on this first shakedown test of Americas's new reusable Space Transportation System (STS). The Sunday morning liftoff came a few seconds after 7:00 a.m.
Topics: Space Shuttle, Rocket Launches, Who -- John Young, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- STS-1
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-000649.html
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President Herbert Hoover presents the Collier Trophy to Joseph Ames, chairman of the NACA in 1929. Three years later, as part of his plan to increase efficiency in government, Hoover would sign an executive order to abolish the NACA.
Topics: Presidents, NACA-LaRC
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001304.html
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The first single crewmember EVA capture attempt of the Intelsat VI as seen from Endeavour's aft flight deck windows. EVA Mission Specialist Pierre Thuot standing on the Remote Manipulator System (RMS) end effector platform, with the satellite capture bar attempting to attach it to the free floating communications satellite.
Topics: Space Shuttle, EVAs-Spacewalk, Where -- Pierre
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001096.html
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by NASA/Neil A. Armstrong
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This interior view of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module shows Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., lunar module pilot, during the lunar landing mission. This picture was taken by Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, commander, prior to the moon landing. Publication information: 69-H-1366, AS11-36-5390
Topics: Astronauts, Apollo 11, Who -- Neil A. Armstrong, What -- Apollo 11, What -- Moon
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2001-000010.html
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A powerful electrical storm created an eerie tapestry of light in the skies near Complex 39A in the hours preceding the launch of STS-8.
Topics: Space Shuttle, What -- STS-8
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001879.html
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This McDonnell-Douglas concept drawing depicts a robotic arm controlled by an astronaut. The arm is being used to maneuver a new addition to the space station into place. The robotic arm was to have been essential to building the space station in orbit.
Topics: space station concepts, Where -- Douglas
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2003-00110.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. This photograph, taken a few seconds after the accident, shows the Space Shuttle Main Engines and Solid Rocket Booster exhaust plumes entwined around a ball of gas from the External Tank. Because shuttle launches had become almost routine after fifty successful missions, those watching the shuttle launch in person...
Topics: Space Shuttle, Challenger STS-51-L, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Challenger, What --...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2004-00012.html
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Mercury-Redstone 2 (MR-2) Launch with chimpanzee Ham aboard. Monkeys had been flown into space before, but Ham was the first higher primate to test a spacecraft.
Topics: Mercury-Program, Rocket Launches, What -- Mercury
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001007.html
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The Transporter nears the top of the five percent incline at Launch Complex 39A with the Apollo 11 Saturn V.
Topics: Apollo 11, What -- Apollo 11, What -- Saturn
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001850.html
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STS-51L Challenger wreckage remains and boxes of debris being lowered into abandoned Minuteman Missile Silos at Complex 31 on Cape Canveral Air Force Station.
Topics: Space Shuttle, Challenger STS-51-L, What -- STS-51, What -- Challenger
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001496.html
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The M2-F2 lifting body returns from a research flight at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, with an F-104 flying chase.
Topics: Lifting Bodies, Top 20 Dryden Aircraft, Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC), Where --...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-000150.html
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by NASA, Don Figer, STScI
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Penetrating 25,000 light-years of obscuring dust and myriad stars, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has provided the clearest view yet of one of the largest young clusters of stars inside our Milky Way galaxy, located less than 100 light-years from the very center of the Galaxy. Having the equivalent mass greater than 10,000 stars like our sun, the monster cluster is ten times larger than typical young star clusters scattered throughout our Milky Way. It is destined to be ripped apart in just a...
Topics: Deep Space Studies, Hubble, What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST), What -- Sun, What -- NICMOS, What...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-000908.html
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by NASA/Harrison Schmitt
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Eugene A. Cernan, Commander, Apollo 17 salutes the flag on the lunar surface during extravehicular activity (EVA) on NASA's final lunar landing mission. The Lunar Module "Challenger" is in the left background behind the flag and the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) also in background behind him. While astronauts Cernan and Schmitt descended in the Challenger to explore the Taurus-Littrow region of the Moon, astronaut Ronald E. Evans, Command Module pilot, remained with the Command/Service...
Topics: Apollo 17, EVAs-Moonwalk, What -- Apollo 17, What -- Challenger, What -- Taurus, What -- Moon
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001273.html
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Three of the four Apollo 13 Flight Directors applaud the successful splashdown of the Command Module "Odyssey" while Dr. Robert R. Gilruth, Director, Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC), and Dr. Christopher C. Kraft Jr., MSC Deputy Director, light up cigars (upper left). The Flight Directors are from left to right: Gerald D. Griffin, Eugene F. Kranz and Glynn S. Lunney. Apollo 13 crew members, astronauts James A. Lovell Jr., Commander; John L. Swigert Jr., Command Module pilot, and Fred W....
Topics: NASA Management, Apollo 13, Who -- Gerald D. Griffin, What -- Apollo 13, Where -- Pacific Ocean
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001313.html
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The North American XP-51 Mustang was the first aircraft to incorporate an NACA laminar-flow airfoil. This is the second XP-51, which arrived at Langley in March 1943.
Topic: NACA-LaRC
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001247.html
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The Gemini 5 spacecraft is brought aboard the recovery ship, U.S.S. Lake Champlain after a successful landing at the end of its mission.
Topics: Spacecraft Landings, Mercury-Gemini Spacecraft, What -- Gemini 5
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001343.html
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Here are three women cosmonauts at Tyura-Tam prior to the launch of Vostok 6 on June 16, 1963. Left to right are Valentina Ponomareva, backup Irina Solovyeva, and prime crewmember Valentina Tereshkova. Behind the women are State Commission Chairman Georgiy Tyulin (left) and Strategic Missile Forces Commander-in-Chief Sergey Biryuzov. Tereshkova was the first women in space, spending 3 days aboard Vostok 6. Publication information: Image from the files of Asif Siddiqi. Image and caption from...
Topics: Women, Who -- Valentina Tereshkova, What -- Vostok 6
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2002-000173.html
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This comparison image of the core of the galaxy M100 shows the dramatic improvement in Hubble Space Telescope's view of the universe after the first Hubble Servicing Mission in December 1993. The new image, taken with the second generation Wide Field and Planetary Camera (WFPC-2) installed during the STS-61 Hubble Servicing Mission, beautifully demonstrates that the camera's corrective optics compensate fully for the optical aberration in Hubble's primary mirror. With the new camera, the Hubble...
Topics: Hubble, What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST), What -- Camera 2, What -- STS-61, Where -- M100,...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2002-000064.html
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In this photo, the Apollo 16 Command and Service Module (CSM) "Casper" approaches the Lunar Module (LM). The two spacecraft were about to make their final rendezvous of the mission, on April 23, 1972. Astronauts John W. Young and Charles M. Duke Jr., aboard the LM, were returning to the CSM in lunar orbit after three successful days on the lunar surface. Astronaut Thomas K. Mattingly II was in the CSM.
Topics: Apollo Spacecraft, Lunar Module, Apollo 16, What -- Apollo 16, What -- Moon
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2002-000069.html
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Christa McAuliffe and Barbara Morgan, Teacher in space primary and backup crew members for Shuttle Mission STS-51L. This mission ended in failure when the Challenger orbiter exploded 73 seconds after launch on January 28, 1986.
Topics: Astronauts, Space Shuttle, Women, Challenger STS-51-L, What -- STS-51, What -- Challenger
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2002-000004.html
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The seven cosmonauts of the Soyuz 6/7/8 mission. Sitting from left to right are Valeriy Kubasov, Georgiy Shonin, Vladimir Shatalov, and Alesksey Yeliseyev. Standing from left to right are Vickor Gorbatko, Anatoliy Filipchenko, and Vladislav Volkov. Soyuz 6/7/8 launched a mission a day through October 11-13, 1969. The Soyuz 7 and 8 crafts planned to perform a semi-automatic docking, but the spacecrafts never came within less than 500 meters of each other due to the failure of the automatic...
Topics: Soviet People-Cosmonauts, Who -- Vladimir Shatalov, Who -- Vladislav Volkov, What -- Soyuz 6
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2002-000180.html
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In this Project Mercury test, a spacecraft booster by a modified Atlas was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Mercury capsule reached a peak altitude of 107 statute miles and landed 1.425 miles down range. Atlas was designed to launch payloads into low Earth orbit, geosynchronous transfer orbit or geosynchronous orbit. NASA first launched Atlas as a space launch vehicle in 1958. Project SCORE, the first communications satellite that transmitted President Eisenhower's pre-recorded...
Topics: Rocket Launches, Atlas, What -- Mercury, What -- Atlas, What -- Earth, What -- SCORE, What --...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2003-00036.html
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This is 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 5 people. This particular image appeared in the 1959 Space The New Frontier brochure produced by NASA.
Topic: space station concepts
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2003-00113.html
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Technician test a device that was flown on the Apollo missions to measure cabin particles The ERC opened in September 1964, taking over the administration of contracts, grants, and other NASA business in New England from the antecedent North Eastern Operations Office (created in July 1962), and closed in June 1970. It served to develop the space agencys in-house expertise in electronics during the Apollo era. A second key function was to serve as a graduate and post- graduate training center...
Topic: Historical-ERC
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2002-000215.html
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Astronauts participate in tropical survival training at Albrook Air Force Base near the Panama Canal. From left to right are an unidentified trainer, Neil Armstrong, John H. Glenn, Jr., L. Gordon Cooper, and Pete Conrad. Survival training was, and still is, an important exercise for astronauts, as a launch abort or misguided reentry could potentially land them in a remote wilderness area.
Topics: Astronauts, Who -- Neil A. Armstrong, Who -- Gordon Cooper, Who -- Pete Conrad, Where -- Panama
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2006-000028.html
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Astronaut Edward H. White II, pilot of the Gemini-Titan 4 flight, floats in space while performing America?s first spacewalk on June 3, 1965. White spent 23 minutes maneuvering around his spacecraft as Jim McDivitt remained inside the spacecraft. White is attached to the spacecraft by a 25-ft. umbilical line and a 23-ft. tether line, both wrapped in gold tape to form one cord. In his right hand White carries a Hand-Held Self Maneuvering Unit (HHSMU), which he used to help move him around the...
Topics: Astronauts, Gemini, What -- Gemini, What -- Titan, What -- Sun
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2006-000032.html
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A technician checks the soil sampler of the Viking lander. An arm will scoop up a sample of the Martian soil, empty it into a hopper on the lander which will route the sample to each of the three scientific instruments, biology, gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer and water analysis. NASA's Viking Lander was designed, fabricated, and tested by the Martin Marietta Corp. of Denver, Colorado, under the direction of the Viking Progect Office at Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia. The Lander...
Topics: Planet-Mars, Viking-Pathfinder-Sojourner, What -- Viking, What -- Spectrometer, What -- Ranger,...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001650.html
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RCA engineer, Joel Bacher, adjusts a propulsion thruster on a communication satellite. The thrusters were designed to enable the spacecraft to maintain correct altitude control after it had achieved a 22,000-mile synchronous orbit over Earth. The satellite shown is an RCA Satcom domestic communication satellite that was launched December 13, 1975. The satellite was built by RCA Global Communication, Inc. and RCA Alaska Communications, Inc. This domestic communication satellite spurred the cable...
Topics: Communication-Satellites, What -- Earth, Where -- Alaska
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2003-00010.html
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The longest Space Shuttle flight in program history begins at 10:53:10 a.m. EDT with a flawless liftoff from Launch Pad 39B. During the 14 day flight of STS-58, a seven member crew will study extensively the adaptation of the human body to the near-weightless environment of space. Mission Commander is John E. Blaha; Pilot, Richard A. Searfoss; Payload Commander, Dr. M. Rhea Seddon; Mission Specialists, William S. McArthur Jr., David A. Wolf, and Shannon W. Lucid; and Payload Specialist, Martin...
Topics: Space Shuttle, Rocket Launches, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- STS-58, What -- Rhea
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-000756.html
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Melba Roy heads the group of NASA mathematicians, known as "computers," who track the Echo satellites. Roy's computations help produce the orbital element timetables by which millions can view the satellite from Earth as it passes overhead.
Topics: Women, Computers, What -- Earth
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001647.html
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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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Two members of the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission participate in a simulation of deploying and using lunar tools on the surface of the Moon during a training exercise on April 22, 1969. Astronaut Buzz (Aldrin Jr. on left), lunar module pilot, uses a scoop and tongs to pick up a soil sample. Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, Apollo 11 commander, holds a bag to receive the sample. In the background is a Lunar Module mockup.
Topics: Astronauts, Apollo 11, Lunar Module, Who -- Neil A. Armstrong, What -- Apollo 11, What -- Moon
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2002-000032.html
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NASA's Apollo 11 flight crew, Neil A. Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, command module pilot; and Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot stand near the Apollo/Saturn V space vehicle that would eventually carry them into space on July 16,1969.
Topics: Astronauts, Apollo 11, Saturn V, Apollo Spacecraft, Who -- Neil A. Armstrong, Who -- Michael...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2002-000037.html
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The Helios Prototype is an enlarged version of the Centurion flying wing, which flew a series of test flights at Dryden in late 1998. The craft has a wingspan of 247 feet, 41 feet greater than the Centurion, 2 1/2 times that of its solar-powered Pathfinder flying wing and longer than either the Boeing 747 jetliner or Lockheed C-5 transport aircraft. It is one of several remotely-piloted aircraft-also known as uninhabited aerial vehicles or UAV's-being developed as technology demonstrators by...
Topics: Unique Aircraft, Where -- Monrovia
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-000198.html
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An Atlas-Centaur space vehicle lifted off at 5:53 p.m. EDT, June 13, 1972, from Complex 36B carrying an Intelsat Communications Satellite, (Intelsat IV-F5) into Earth orbit. Visible in the foreground is the lighthouse located at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Topics: Rocket Launches, What -- Atlas, What -- Centaur, What -- Earth
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-000639.html
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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
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Just weeks after NASA astronauts repaired the Hubble Space Telescope in December 1999, the Hubble Heritage Project snapped this picture of NGC 1999, a nebula in the constellation Orion. The Heritage astronomers, in collaboration with scientists in Texas and Ireland, used Hubble's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) to obtain the color image. NGC 1999 is an example of a reflection nebula. Like fog around a street lamp, a reflection nebula shines only because the light from an imbedded...
Topics: Deep Space Studies, Hubble, What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST), What -- Constellation, What --...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-000888.html
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Astronaut Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, pilot of the Mercury spacecraft, "Liberty Bell 7" arrives aboard the recovery ship, U.S.S. Randolph, following his 15 minute 37 seconds suborbital space mission. He is flanked by military medical officers. Grissom's capsule sank soon after splashdown and was not recovered until nearly forty years later.
Topics: Mercury-Astronaut, Mercury-Program, What -- Mercury
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001332.html
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Officially designated Apollo/Saturn 204, but more commonly known as Apollo 1, this close-up view of the interior of the Command Module shows the effects of the intense heat of the flash fire which killed the prime crew during a routine training exercise. While strapped into their seats inside the Command Module atop the giant Saturn V Moon rocket, a faulty electrical switch created a spark which ignited the pure oxygen environment. The speed and intensity of the fire quickly exhausted the...
Topics: Apollo-1, Who -- Roger B. Chaffee, What -- Saturn, What -- Moon
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001834.html
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Orbiter Discovery is riding on its main landing gear as it lowers its nose wheel after touching down on Runway 33 at the Shuttle Landing Facility. Main gear touchdown was at 12:04 p.m. EST, landing on orbit 135. Discovery returns to Earth with its crew of seven after successfully completing mission STS-95, lasting nearly nine days and 3.6 million miles. The crew includes mission commander Curtis L. Brown, Jr.; pilot Steven W. Lindsey, mission specialists Scott E. Parazynski, Stephen K....
Topics: Space Shuttle, Spacecraft Landings, Who -- Chiaki Mukai, What -- Discovery, What -- Earth, What --...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-000965.html
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This photograph shows a Titan III-C launch vehicle. Titan vehicles are designed to carry payloads equal to the size and weight of those on the space shuttle. The Titan IV Centaur can put 10,000 pound payloads into geosynchronous orbit, 22,300 miles above Earth. For more information about Titan and Centaur, please see chapters 4 and 8, respectively, in Roger Launius and Dennis Jenkins' book To Reach the High Frontier published by The University Press of Kentucky in 2002.
Topics: Rocket Launches, Titan, What -- Titan, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Centaur, What --...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2003-00046.html
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The Lunar Module "Spider" ascent stage is photographed from the Command/Service Module on the fifth day of the Apollo 9 earth-orbital mission. The Lunar Module's descent stage had already been jettisoned.
Topics: Lunar Module, Apollo 9, What -- Apollo 9, What -- Earth
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001110.html
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Fred Weick's homebuilt W-1A of 1934, one of the first aircraft to employ tricycle landing gear. Weick and a group of nine other Langley engineers built this small experimental airplane in their spare time to study the special needs of the private flyer. The plane was eventually purchased by the Department of Commerce. After leaving the NACA (for a second and final time) in 1936, Weick incorporated many elements of the W-1 into his design of the famous Ercoupe, a small simple- to-fly airplane...
Topics: NACA-LaRC, Aeronautical Research, Where -- Washington
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001238.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...
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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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The Lockheed P-80A Shooting Star sits on the ramp at the Ames Aeronautical Laboratory, Moffett Field, California.
Topics: NACA-ARC, Flight Research at ARC, Ames Research Aircraft, Where -- California
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The transporter carries the 363-foot-high Apollo 12 Saturn V space vehicle from the VAB's High Bay 3 at the start of the 3.5 mile rollout to Launch Complex 39A today. The transporter carried the 12.8 million pound load along the crawlerway at speeds under one mile per hour.
Topics: Saturn V, Apollo 12, What -- Apollo 12, What -- Saturn
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001854.html