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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Robert H. Goddard with vacuum tube apparatus he built in 1916 to research rocket efficiency. Dr. Robert Hutchings Goddard is commonly referred to as the father of American rocketry. The same year he built the apparatus, Goddard wrote a study requesting funding from the Smithsonian Institution so that he could continue his rocket research, which he had begun in 1907 while still a student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. A brilliant physicist, with a unique genius for invention, Goddard may...
Topic: Rocket Propulsion
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001338.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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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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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. 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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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
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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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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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Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2003-00112.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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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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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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The first African-American woman in space, Dr. Mae C. Jemison was born on October 17, 1956 in Decatur, Alabama but considers Chicago, Illinois her hometown. She received a Bachelor in Chemical Engineering (and completed the requirements for a Bachelor in African and Afro-American studies) at Stanford University in 1977. Dr. Jemison also received a Doctorate degree in medicine from Cornell University in 1981. After medical school she did post graduate medical training at the Los Angeles County...
Topics: Astronauts, Women, What -- STS-47, What -- Earth, Where -- Alabama, Where -- Chicago, Where --...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2004-00020.html
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by Paul Riedel
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A television camera is focused by NACA technician on a ramjet engine model through the schlieren optical windows of the 10 x 10 Foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel's test section. Closed-circuit television enables aeronautical research scientists to view the ramjet, used for propelling missiles, while the wind tunnel is operating at speeds from 1500 to 2500 mph. (8.570) The tests were performed at the Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory, now John H. Glenn Research Center.
Topics: NACA-GRC-LRC, Aircraft Propulsion, Where -- Glenn Research Center (GRC)
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-000670.html
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A close-up of Dr. Robert H. Goddard's gyroscope and associated parts used in the stabilization of the rocket tested April 19, 1932, in New Mexico. The rocket was also painted to show whether revolution about its axis occurred during flight. Dr. Goddard has been recognized as the father of American rocketry and as one of the pioneers in the theoretical exploration of space. Robert Hutchings Goddard, born in Worcester, Massachusetts, on October 5, 1882, was theoretical scientist as well as...
Topics: VIPs-People at NASA-NACA, Rocket Launches, Where -- New Mexico, Where -- Massachusetts, Where --...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2002-000137.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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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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by NASA, A.Fruchter, ERO Team, STScI
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In its first glimpse of the heavens following the successful December 1999 servicing mission, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured a majestic view of a planetary nebula, the glowing remains of a dying, Sun-like star. This stellar relic, first spied by William Herschel in 1787, is nicknamed the "Eskimo" Nebula (NGC 2392) because, when viewed through ground-based telescopes, it resembles a face surrounded by a fur parka. In this Hubble telescope image, the "parka" is really...
Topics: Deep Space Studies, Hubble, What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST), What -- Sun, What -- FAST, What...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-000882.html
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A ram jet missile in 1947.
Topics: NACA-GRC-LRC, Aircraft Propulsion
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-000347.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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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 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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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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Mercury-Atlas 9 lifts off from Pad 14 at Cape Canaveral with astronaut L. Gordon Cooper aboard Faith 7 for the nation's longest manned orbital flight. Lift-off occurred at 8:04 a.m. EST, on May 15, 1963. And 34 hours, 20 minutes, 30 seconds, and 22 orbits later, Gordon Cooper was resting in his Faith 7 space capsule in the blue Pacific Ocean.
Topics: Mercury-Program, Rocket Launches, Who -- Gordon Cooper, What -- Mercury Atlas 9, What -- Atlas,...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-000997.html
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by NASA/John W. Young
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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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NASA successfully completed its first rendezvous mission with two Gemini spacecraft-Gemini VII and Gemini VI-in December 1965. This photograph, taken by Gemini VII crewmembers Frank Lovell and Frank Borman, shows Gemini VI in orbit 160 miles (257 km) above Earth. The main purpose of Gemini VI, crewed by astronauts Walter Schirra and Thomas Stafford, was the rendezvous with Gemini VII. The main purpose of Gemini VII, on the other hand, was studying the long-term effects of long-duration (up to...
Topics: Mercury-Gemini Spacecraft, Gemini-Program, Who -- Frank Borman, What -- Gemini, What -- Earth, What...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001488.html
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Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have obtained images of the strikingly unusual planetary nebula, NGC 6751. Glowing in the constellation Aquila like a giant eye, the nebula is a cloud of gas ejected several thousand years ago from the hot star visible in its center. The Hubble observations were obtained in 1998 with the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) by a team of astronomers led by Arsen Hajian of the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, DC. The Hubble Heritage team,...
Topics: Deep Space Studies, Hubble, What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST), What -- Constellation, What --...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-000891.html
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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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Looking like a scene from an H.G. Wells novel, engineers inspect and test a boilerplate Mercury space capsule. Note the array of bulky test equipment on the table and the less than clean-room conditions. Today such testing is conducted under virtually steril conditions in a completely controlled environment.
Topics: Mercury-Program, Mercury-Gemini Spacecraft, What -- Mercury
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-003008.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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A vantage point from far above yields a dramatic view of an orbiter being demated from its stack inside the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). The approximately 171,000 pound (77,566 kilogram) Orbiter is being hoisted by crane up and away from the 184 foot (56 meter) tall external tank/solid rocket booster stack. The vehicle will be tilted to fit through an opening 190 feet (58 meters) above the ground, then lowered to the VAB transfer aisle and installed atop the orbiter transporter. This...
Topics: Space Shuttle, What -- Atlantis, What -- STS-79
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-000782.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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NASA test pilot Neil Armstrong is seen here next to the X-15 ship #1 (56-6670) after a research flight. The X-15 was a rocket-powered aircraft 50 feet long with a wingspan of 22 feet. It was a missile- shaped vehicle with an unusual wedge-shaped vertical tail, thin stubby wings, and unique side fairings that extended along the side of the fuselage.
Topics: Astronauts, X-Series Aircraft, Top 20 Dryden Aircraft, Who -- Neil A. Armstrong
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-000125.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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This 1929 Hermann Noordung image depicts a three-unit space station as seen from a space ship. Hermann Potocnik (1892-1929), also known as Herman Noordung, created the first detailed technical drawings of a space station. The three units were the habitat, the machine room, and the observatory, each connected by an umbilical. The Earth is in the background, approximately 26,000 miles away. The station in this image is roughly above Cameroon's southern tip, in a geosynchronous orbit on the median...
Topics: Space-Station Concepts, What -- Earth, Where -- Berlin
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2003-00100.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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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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The Pioneer F spacecraft, destined to be the first man made object to escape from the solar system into interstellar space, carries this pictorial plaque. It is designed to show scientifically educated inhabitants of some other star system, who might intercept it millions of years from now, when Pioneer was launched, from where, and by what kind of beings. (With the hope that they would not invade Earth.) The design is etched into a 6 inch by 9 inch gold-anodized aluminum plate, attached to the...
Topics: Space Probes, What -- Earth, What -- Sun, What -- Unity, What -- Mars, What -- Jupiter
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001623.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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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
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Sam, the Rhesus monkey, after his ride in the Little Joe-2 (LJ-2) spacecraft. A U.S. Navy destroyer safely recovered Sam after he experienced three minutes of weightlessness during the flight. Animals were often used during test flights for Project Mercury to help determine the effects of spaceflight and weightlessness on humans. LJ-2 was one in a series of flights that led up to the human orbital flights of NASA's Project Mercury program. The Little Joe rocket booster was developed as a...
Topics: Mercury-Program, Mercury-Gemini Spacecraft, Rocket Launches, What -- Little Joe 2, What -- Mercury,...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2002-000042.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 over forty other pieces of Space Shuttle Challenger's Solid Rocket Boosters (SRB), search and recovery teams located this joint from the right hand side, which retained traces of O-ring seal tracks. Samples of the track material underwent chemical analysis that indicated that they were not composed of degraded...
Topics: Space Shuttle, Challenger STS-51-L, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Challenger, What --...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2004-00010.html
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The prime crew of Apollo 17, photographed with a Lunar Roving vehicle trainer. They are Eugene A Cernan (seated), commander, Ronald E. Evans (standing on right), command module pilot, and Harrison H. Schmitt, (standing on left) lunar module pilot.
Topics: Astronauts, Apollo 17, What -- Apollo 17
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2006-000024.html
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Captured at Akutan Island, Alaska, in August 1942. This Mitsubishi A6M2 fighter was the first "Zero" to fall intact into Allied hands during WW II. After limited flying on the West Coast, the "Zero" arrived at Langley for installation of test equipment prior to in-depth flight testing by the Navy at Patuxent River, Maryland.
Topics: NACA-LaRC, Where -- Alaska, Where -- Maryland
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001245.html
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X-4 program with what Langley engineers euphemistically called "Female Computer" support personnel.
Topics: Women, NACA-LaRC, Computers
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001932.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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A timed exposure of the Space Shuttle, STS-1, at Launch Pad A, Complex 39, turns the space vehicle and support facilities into a night- time fantasy of light. Structures to the left of the Shuttle are the fixed and the rotating service structure.
Topics: Space Shuttle, What -- TIMED, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- STS-1
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-000648.html
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Man and woman shown working with IBM type 704 electronic data processing machine used for making computations for aeronautical research.
Topics: Women, Computers
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001881.html
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Col. Charles A. Lindbergh took this picture of Dr. Robert H. Goddard's rocket looking down the launching tower on September 23, 1935 in Roswell, New Mexico. In 1935 Goddard launched the A-series of tests on rockets made with gyro- controlled blast vane, which stabilized the rocket during flight. 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 atmosphere and ultimately...
Topics: VIPs-People at NASA-NACA, Rocket Launches, Where -- New Mexico, Where -- United States of America
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2002-000134.html
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Historic photo of the Wright brothers' third test glider being launched at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, on October 10, 1902. Wilbur Wright is at the controls, Orville Wright is at left, and Dan Tate (a local resident and friend of the Wright brothers) is at right. The 1902 test gliders were extremely important to the development of the first powered airplane. The new glider design was based on the wind tunnel tests performed by the Wrights in 1901. The improvements to the glider included a...
Topics: Unique Aircraft, Early Aerospace-Pioneers, Where -- North Carolina
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2002-000125.html
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NASA's Virtual Airport Tower is located at the Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California. The Virtual Airport Tower's two-story structure is a full-scale, highly sophisticated simulation facility that will emulate Level 5 air traffic control towers and the busiest airports. It provides the platform to conduct in-depth human factors studies with quantifiable results using actual air traffic controllers, airline dispatchers and airport managers.
Topics: Simulators, Air Traffic Control, Where -- Ames Research Center (ARC), Where -- California
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001770.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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Dr. Robert H. Goddard's rocket is in the tower, ready for the July 17, 1929, test at Auburn, Massachusetts. This was the fourth flight of a liquid-propellant rocket. Rocks were piled on pipes directly under the nozzle, on a frame suspended from the two 3/8 inch pipe guides to keep the latter as straight as possible by the tension produced in this way. The noise from this particular rocket launch attracted the attention of the entire community. When the public grew concerned over the potential...
Topics: Rocket Launches, Where -- Massachusetts
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2002-000138.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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The X-29 Flight Research Aircraft features one of the most unusual designs in aviation history. Demonstrating forward swept wing technology, this aircraft investigated numerous advanced aviation concepts and technologies. The fighter-size X-29 explored the use of advanced composites in aircraft construction, variable camber wing surfaces, an unique forward-swept-wing and its thin supercritical airfoil, and strake flaps. The X-29 also demonstrated three specific aerodynamic effects:canard...
Topics: X-Series Aircraft, Top 20 Dryden Aircraft, What -- WIRE
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2002-000193.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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This photograph taken on December 15, 1965 shows the Gemini 7 spacecraft as it was observed from the hatch window of the Gemini 6 spacecraft during rendezvous manuevers and station keeping at a distance of approximately 9 feet apart.
Topics: Mercury-Gemini Spacecraft, Gemini-Program, What -- Gemini 6, What -- Gemini 7
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001049.html
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Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, Apollo ll mission commander, at the modular equipment storage assembly (MESA) of the Lunar Module "Eagle" on the historic first extravehicular activity (EVA) on the lunar surface. Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. took the photograph with a Hasselblad 70mm camera. Most photos from the Apollo 11 mission show Buzz Aldrin. This is one of only a few that show Neil Armstrong (some of these are blurry).
Topics: Apollo 11, EVAs-Moonwalk, Who -- Neil A. Armstrong, Who -- Buzz Aldrin, What -- Apollo 11, What --...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001209.html
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The STS-51L Challenger flight crew emergency egress training in the slide wire baskets. From left to right they are: Mission Specialist, Ronald McNair, Payload Specialist, Gregory Jarvis, Teacher in Space Participant, Christa McAuliffe. Directly behind them: Mission Specialist Judy Resnik and Mission Specialist, Ellison Onizuka.
Topics: Astronauts, Space Shuttle, Women, Challenger STS-51-L, Who -- Ronald McNair, Who -- Ellison...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001868.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 historical evolution of airfoil sections from 1908-1944. The last two shapes are low-drag sections designed to have laminar, uninterrupted flow over 60 to 70 percent of chord on both the upper and lower surfaces. The NACA airfoils subsequently influenced the design of every modern aircraft wing. Image Credit: NACA
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/aeronautics/features/naca2010_gallery4.html
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by NASA/The Hubble Heritage Team, STScI, AURA ODThe Ring Nebula
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The NASA Hubble Space Telescope has captured the sharpest view yet of the most famous of all planetary nebulae, the Ring Nebula (M57). In this October 1998 image, the telescope has looked down a barrel of gas cast off by a dying star thousands of years ago. This photo reveals elongated dark clumps of material embedded in the gas at the edge of the nebula; the dying central star floating in a blue haze of hot gas. The nebula is about a light-year in diameter and is located some 2,000 light-years...
Topics: Deep Space Studies, Hubble, What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST), What -- Earth, What --...
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-000964.html
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by NASA/Wade Sisler
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Cray 2 Supercomputer for the Numerical Aerodynamic Simulator at the NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View California.
Topics: Computers, Flight Research at ARC, Where -- Ames Research Center (ARC), Where -- California
Source: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001633.html
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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