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  • Space Station
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    Atlantis Blasts Off With Science Lab Space shuttle Atlantis blasted off Wednesday with the most expensive and pivotal piece of the international space station: a $1.4 billion science laboratory. Atlantis and its crew of five soared into a clear sky at 6: 00 p. m., with a rising full moon in the background and the setting sun turning the exhaust trail a beautiful gold and peach. The plume cast a rainbow-like shadow that seemed to stretch all the way to the moon. The future of the space station, A...
  • Vincent Ole Tome And Elliott Andrew Schroeder
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    An Essay on Ben Mikaelsen's Countdown Countdown is a book written by Ben Mikaelsen and was first published in 1996. It has a total of 248 pages and published by the Hyperion Books for Children company. This book is mainly about sending the first teenager in space. And it is also about finding how a young coward becomes a village warrior. This story takes place in Big Timber, Montana and in Kenya, Africa. The setting starts off in winter and fourteen-year-old Elliott Schroeder is busy working aro...
  • Nasa's Shortcomings With The Challenger Space Shuttle
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    On January 26, 1986, one of the greatest disasters of our time occurred. The shuttle, Challenger, blew up in front of a live audience. The space launch was being broadcast ed across the United States live from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This launch was one of the most publicized launches due to the first civilian going into space and also that the launch had been delayed six times before. The U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission detailed that the launch took place on January 28, 1986 at Ke...
  • 2 Seconds The Space Shuttle Challenger
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    January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger the 25th space shuttle mission, was set to be launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida at, 11: 38 am. Originally the launch was scheduled for January 22, at 3: 43 pm but had been set back several times due to bad weather. Hopes ran high the anticipation for the lift off was tremendous. This was to be one of the greatest missions ever. It would be a first for many things. The most publicized was that it would be the first time a schoolteacher wa...
  • Hours In Space
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    A hydrogen fuel leak, which could have caused an engine shutdown, costly delays on the launching pad, and a year of technical difficulties didnt stop the successful launch of the $1.5 billion Chandra X-Ray Observatory on the Space Shuttle Columbia. Nor did it stop Eileen Collins, 42, from becoming NASAs first female commander ever after 95 missions. Collins, who has logged over 5,000 hours of airtime in thirty types of aircraft and 537 of those hours in space, served as pilot in her last two mis...
  • Nasa Goddard Space Flight Center
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    People arguing over shuttle costs on the net are usually arguing from different assumptions and do not describe their assumptions clearly, making it impossible to reach agreement. To demonstrate the difficulty, here are a range of flight cost figures differing by a factor of 35 and some of the assumptions behind them (all use 1992 constant dollars). $45 million - marginal cost of adding or removing one flight from the manifest in a given year. $414 million - NASA's average cost / flight, assumin...
  • Space Shuttle Challenger
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    The Challenger Explosion Even some sixteen years later I still remember the day and what I was doing when I heard that the space shuttle Challenger had exploded. I was five years old in 1986, attending elementary school and being a normal five year old. On Tuesday January 28, 1986 I was home sick from school being babysat by my grandmother because my parents were at work. I knew that day was important because we had talked about the space launch in school and planned on watching it that day. The...
  • Apollo 1 And The Challenger Disasters
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    Apollo 4 Introduction This paper is going to compare the Apollo 1 and the Challenger disasters. Both space programs were unfortunate disasters, caused by a series of oversights and misjudgments. How did this lost of life occur in such a high tech environment? Apollo 4 On January 27, 1967, the three astronauts of the Apollo 4, were doing a test countdown on the launch pad. Gus Grissom was in charge. His crew were Edward H. White, the first American to walk in space, and Roger B. Chaffee, a naval ...
  • First Space Shuttle Mission
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    The Space Shuttle The shuttle, a manned, multipurpose, orbital-launch space plane, was designed to carry payloads of up to about 30,000 kg (65,000 lb) and up to seven crew members and passengers. The upper part of the spacecraft, the orbiter stage, had a theoretical lifetime of perhaps 100 missions, and the winged orbiter could landings on returning to earth. Because of the shuttle's designed flexibility and its planned use for satellite deployment and the rescue and repair of previously orbited...
  • Solid Rocket Booster And The External Tank
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    The Tragic Challenger Explosion The Tragic Challenger Explosion Space Travel. It is a sense of national pride for many Americans. If you ask anyone who was alive at the time, they could probably tell you exactly where they were when they heard that Neil Armstrong was the first person to walk on the Moon. But all of the success in our space programs is overshadowed by tragedy. On January 28, 1986, one of the worst disasters in our space program's history occurred. Many people were watching at the...
  • Nasa's Fleet Of Four Space Shuttles
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    To Boldly Go Where NASA Has Failed Before The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA, was established in 1958 under the Eisenhower administration. Its main purpose was to act as an independent agency to direct the nation's space missions and research programs. Over the past 45 years, since its inception, NASA has experienced many problems and has received recent negative publicity. NASA has had longstanding managerial problems on the inside and with outside contractors. They have...
  • Shuttle's Left Wing
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    On February 1, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia was lost due to structural failure in the left wing. On take-off, it was reported that a piece of foam insulation surrounding the shuttle fleet's 15-story external fuel tanks fell off of Columbia's tank and struck the shuttle's left wing. Extremely hot gas entered the front of Columbia's left wing just 16 seconds after the orbiter penetrated the hottest part of Earth's atmosphere on re-entry. The shuttle was equipped with hundreds of temperature se...
  • Thursday's Activities
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    The STS-108 crewmember's -- Commander Dom Gori e, Pilot Mark Kelley, Mission Specialists Linda Godwin and Dan Tani, and Expedition Three Commander Frank Culbertson -- will share their mission experiences aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour with JSC employees, contractors, friends, family members and public guests. This event is scheduled for 6: 30 p.m. on Jan. 22 in the Iwerks Theater at Space Center Houston and will include slides and a video presentation. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Seating is limite...
  • Shuttle Missions Into Space
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    The Explosion of the Challenger The 1960's and 1970's were a time of great confusion and turmoil in the United States. Americans were afraid, paranoid, and insecure due to events like Watergate, Arab oil price hikes, and the Iranian hostage situation. The U.S. Space Program, or NASA, was becoming more successful in the 1980's, with continued advancements that allowed space exploration to be less expensive and more rewarding. The explosion of the space shuttle Challenger, on January 28, 1986, cha...
  • Space Shuttle Challenger And Its Crew
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    It was a cold, crisp, and damp morning on the Florida Space Coast as the space shuttle Challenger raced through the sky at speeds approaching mach 2 at an altitude of 104,000 feet when something went perilously wrong. All of America watched, including the family members of the seven doomed crew members, as Challenger exploded into an expansive ball of fire, smoke and steam. An "Oh... no!" came as the crews final utterance from the shuttle as the orbiter broke-up. As the reality of what she was s...
  • Houston Space Shuttle
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    Names of the crew members Commander Rick Hudson Pilot William Mccool Mission Specialist Kalpana Chawla Mission Specialist Mike Anderson Mission Specialist David Brown Mission Specialist Laurel Clark Payload Specialist Ilan Ramon Space Shuttle Launch was on Jan 16 Jan 23 CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A trio of new records were burned into the history books this week during shuttle Columbia's marathon research mission, officials said Thursday. Setting fires within an enclosed chamber inside the Space ha...
  • Nasa And The Space Program
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    Introduction The United States federal government is ultimately responsible for the annual budget allotted to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for space exploration and research. Conflicts arise when a decision must be made between economics and research development. Engineers do not want to see their important research ideas and projects fall victim to cutbacks, but it is also an engineer's responsibility to consider cost effectiveness and economics in the decisions that...
  • Pieces Of Shuttle
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    The Columbia space craft lifted off on January 16, 2003 going on a 16 day science mission. There were seven astronauts onboard for the journey, including Israel's first man in space. Then the unexpected happened. About 15 minutes before the Columbia would land in Cape Canaveral, Florida, the shuttle went to pieces. All seven of the astronauts were lost. The Columbia was going Mach 18, or 18 times the speed of sound, at an altitude of over 200,000 feet when contact was lost. The cause is currentl...

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