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  • German-born US rocket expert Oscar Holderer dies at 95

    05/06/2015 11:59:09 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | May 6, 2015 | unattributed
    The last known surviving member of the German engineering team that designed the rocket that took US astronauts to the Moon has died in Alabama. Oscar Holderer, who was 95, suffered a stroke last week and did not recover, his son Michael said. Mr Holderer was one of about 120 engineers who moved to the US after World War Two, bringing technology used in the German V2 rocket. They played a key role in the Saturn V rocket used in the 1969 Moon landing. The team, led by Wernher von Braun, was part of a project called Operation Paperclip that...
  • Apollo 15 command module pilot Alfred M. Worden: ‘NASA took a step backwards’

    01/24/2015 5:50:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 23.01.2015 | Cornelia Bormann
    He’s one of a handful of men to have orbited the moon. Today, Alfred M. Worden says NASA’s on the wrong track. He also tells DW why he likes the moon’s dark side and what he wanted most—but didn't get—upon returning. […] “We took a step backwards back in the late 70s when they decided to build the space shuttle. That was, in my opinion, a mistake. The shuttle was a very complicated machine. It did some pretty unusual, clearly spectacular things, like launch vertically and land horizontally. But from a technical standpoint, we launched a 280,000 pound machine to...
  • NASA and Boeing finalize $2.8 million deal to build super powerful rocket

    07/08/2014 3:48:24 PM PDT · by robowombat · 22 replies
    Space Daily ^ | Jul 4, 2013 | Brooks Hays
    NASA and Boeing finalize $2.8 million deal to build super powerful rocket by Brooks Hays Washington Jul 4, 2013 disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only Aviation company Boeing has contracted with NASA to build the world's most powerful rocket, intended -- eventually -- to propel astronauts to the moon, Mars, asteroids and the deep space beyond. Boeing and NASA signed a $2.8 million contract this week, tasking the aerospace company with developing two rocket cores as part of the completion of the Space Launch System, a heavy launch vehicle meant to carry both crew and cargo that will be...
  • NASA is Building the Largest Rocket of All Time For a 2018 Launch

    09/01/2014 1:34:40 PM PDT · by lbryce · 56 replies
    The Verge ^ | August 31, 2014 | Staff
    NASA has worked on some inspiring interplanetary projects in the last few years, but few have been as ambitious as the simply-named Space Launch System, a new rocket that will be the largest ever built at 384 feet tall, surpassing even the mighty Saturn V (363 feet), the rocket that took humanity to the moon. It will also be more powerful, with 20 percent more thrust using liquid hydrogen and oxygen as fuel. Last week, NASA announced that the Space Launch System, SLS for short, is on track to perform its first unmanned test launch in 2018. The larger goal...
  • Try to Identify This Image.You Probably Won't And Will Be Astounded By What You See.

    05/31/2014 11:36:47 AM PDT · by lbryce · 64 replies
    Open Source ^ | May 30, 2014 | Stafff
    I will change the Keywords once it gets revealed
  • Will SpaceX Super Rocket Kill NASA's 'Rocket to Nowhere'? (Op-Ed)

    02/17/2014 1:50:08 PM PST · by EveningStar · 22 replies ^ | February 10, 2014 | R.D. Boozer
    The private spaceflight company Space X plans to build a rocket so big it would "make the Apollo moon rocket look small,"the company's CEO, Elon Musk, announced on "CBS This Morning"on Feb. 3. The huge rocket would ultimately send colonists to Mars, but what would SpaceX do in the meantime? The company's primary focus right now is giving NASA astronauts access to the International Space Station (ISS) on American vehicles, drastically lowering prices to Earth orbit versus what the Russians are charging, Musk said... This all begs the question: If SpaceX is going to build this gargantuan rocket on its...
  • Debugging A Live Saturn V

    10/22/2013 9:47:15 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 17 replies ^ | 13OCT2013 | Brennan Moore
    We all have stories, as engineers, of fixing some crazy thing at the last minute right before the demo goes up. We have all encountered situations where we needed to fix something that was our fault and we needed to fix it now. This story is something that I think about in those times to remember to stay calm. No last minute fix could ever be this dramatic or important. My grandfather passed away about a week ago. At the service, I was asked to say a few words and read from his memoirs. This was my choice. RED TEAM...
  • YouTube:All Saturn V Rockets Launched At The Same Time (Not Nearly As Dramatic As You Might Hope)

    10/09/2013 1:24:51 PM PDT · by lbryce · 20 replies
    You Tube ^ | July 17, 2013 | SpaceOperatorFR
    YouTube:All Saturn V Rockets Launched At The Same Time (Not Nearly As Dramatic As You Might Hope) YouTube:All Saturn V Rockets Launched At The Same TimeThe Saturn V, magnificent bird, a thing of overpowering beauty and majesty, considered to be Man's greatest technological achievement (a title, I believe, of which would arguably have to be shared with the atom bomb) is a awesome sight to behold, merely viewed on the launchpad, the likes of which shall never come again. This guy, certainly the most intense type of Saturn V sycophant there is took the time and effort to create a...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Skylab Over Earth

    08/18/2013 5:52:51 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 33 replies
    NASA ^ | August 18, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Skylab was an orbiting laboratory launched by a Saturn V rocket in May 1973. Skylab, pictured above, was visited three times by NASA astronauts who sometimes stayed as long as two and a half months. Many scientific tests were performed on Skylab, including astronomical observations in ultraviolet and X-ray light. Some of these observations yielded valuable information about Comet Kohoutek, our Sun and about the mysterious X-ray background -- radiation that comes from all over the sky. Skylab fell back to earth on 1979 July 11.
  • Jeff Bezos Resurrects Lost Apollo 11 Engines From Ocean Floor

    04/12/2013 6:30:36 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    Mashable ^ | March 20, 2013 | Amanda Wills
    The exploration team used Remotely Operated Vehicles to find the engines, which sat on the ocean floor, more than 14,000 feet below sea level. Bezos described the experience as "otherworldly," noting the engines' burial site was eerily similar to space: a feeling of microgravity and a seemingly endless black horizon. After decades of exposure to the ocean's harsh conditions, the engines are corroded, and many are missing the original serial numbers. This will make the identification process more difficult. Bezos will work with NASA to restore two of the F-1 engines' hardware and prevent further corrosion. They will eventually go...
  • New tape: JFK fretted moon program was tough sell

    05/25/2011 7:28:36 AM PDT · by decimon · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 25, 2011 | JAY LINDSAY
    BOSTON – After setting a soaring vision to land a man on the moon, President John F. Kennedy struggled with how to sell the public on a costly space program he worried had "lost its glamour" and had scant political benefits, according to a newly released White House tape. Kennedy and NASA Administrator James Webb hashed out how to strengthen public backing for the mission, such as by highlighting its technological benefits and military uses. And in a scenario that echoes today, the two worried about preserving funding amid what Webb calls a "driving desire to cut the budget," according...
  • One of the newest craters on the Moon

    03/30/2010 8:46:36 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 19 replies · 912+ views ^ | March 29, 2010 | Phil Plait
    On April 14th, 1970, a new crater was carved into the surface of the Moon: How do we know it’s new? Because we made it. That’s the impact scar of the third stage of the Saturn V rocket (technically designated S-IVB) that carried Apollo 13 to — but sadly, not on — the Moon. Earlier missions had placed seismic instruments on the lunar surface to measure if the Moon had any activity. They found it did, and in fact several moonquakes were big enough that had you been standing there, you would have felt them quite strongly (and probably been...
  • One man's quest to honor America's Saturn V rocket (biggest model built)

    04/24/2009 5:01:01 PM PDT · by Leisler · 29 replies · 1,378+ views
    Rocketry Planet. ^ | April 13, 2009 | Mark B. Canepa
    The rocket, standing more than three stories tall and weighing almost a ton, will be launched in 2009 on the Eastern Shore of Maryland to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of NASA's historic moon landing in 1969. To be powered by nine motors generating more than 8,000 pounds of thrust, this high-power rocket is likely to bring a huge national spotlight—however briefly—to a hobby that is still relatively unfamiliar to the general public.
  • World's Largest Model Rocket to Lift Off Saturday

    04/20/2009 1:12:24 PM PDT · by Joiseydude · 51 replies · 3,031+ views
    FoxNews ^ | Monday, April 20, 2009
    On Saturday, April 25, the Saturn V, the rocket that sent men to the moon 40 years ago, will once again lift off from U.S. soil and soar over the Atlantic. Only this time, it won't be quite real. Rather, what's going up will be the largest model rocket ever built — a one-tenth scale, 36-foot-tall, fully working replica of the Saturn V. Its nine rocket engines will provide 8,000 pounds of thrust to lift it between 3,000 and 4,000 feet above its launching point in Price, Md.
  • Happy Birthday Saturn V, Still The Biggest Rocket of All

    11/10/2008 10:04:11 PM PST · by B-Chan · 32 replies · 803+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | 2008.11.09 | Kit Eaton
    November 9, 1967, T-minus 8.9 seconds: Thousands of gallons of kerosene and liquid oxygen begin coursing through the giant center F1 rocket engine: The Saturn V's ignition sequence has begun. Next, two outer engines are lit, followed 300 milliseconds later by the other two, ignited in pairs to avoid toppling the 364-foot rocket above. Nine seconds after all five engines go to full thrust, the first Saturn V rocket begins to lift from the launchpad, taking the unmanned Apollo 4 check-out module into space. The launch was flawless. Forty-one years ago to the day, the Saturn V became the biggest,...
  • Renovated Moon Rocket Unveiled In Alabama

    01/31/2008 5:25:18 AM PST · by blam · 19 replies · 132+ views ^ | 1-31-2008 | Jay Reeves
    Renovated Moon Rocket Unveiled in Ala. Published: 1/31/08, 8:05 AM EDT By JAY REEVES HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - The renovated Saturn V rocket gleams like new, ready for its dedication. One would never know raccoons, birds and opossums were living in the 363-foot-long steel structure until recently. Once used for test firings at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, the rocket spent 35 years laying on its side outside the neighboring U.S. Space & Rocket Center, which includes hundreds of artifacts from the earliest days of the U.S. space program. The Saturn V was split into sections for display, but there...
  • WSJ Book Review: A Rocket Man's Surprising Trajectory (Wernher von Braun)

    06/16/2005 6:17:02 AM PDT · by OESY · 4 replies · 767+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 16, 2005 | DAVID A. PRICE
    In... 1970, a Washington gossip columnist found herself seated at a dinner party next to rocket engineer Wernher von Braun. "One of the most fascinating men in the world has just moved to town," she gushed to her readers afterward. "The rocket genius is a brilliant conversationalist, extremely handsome and socially charming." It might seem odd to judge the mastermind of the Apollo program's Saturn V launch vehicle -- and, earlier, the German V-2 -- by his savoir faire. Yet Dr. von Braun's gift for talk and salesmanship, together with his technical skill and managerial prowess, were indispensable to his...
  • Rocket Restoration Under Way in Texas

    06/17/2004 10:32:36 PM PDT · by vger · 2 replies · 108+ views
    yahoo news ^ | Thu Jun 17, 2:19 PM ET | By PAM EASTON, Associated Press Writer
    HOUSTON - The Saturn V rocket resting on its side in a park outside NASA (news - web sites)'s Johnson Space Center has fallen into disrepair in steamy Houston's heat and humidity, becoming home to mold, owls and mice. Now officials are trying to restore the rocket, which never made it into space like the others that took astronauts to the moon between 1969 and 1972. Saturn V, longer than a football field, was planted in "Rocket Park" near the space center's main entrance in 1977. Mold and other unknown organisms are growing inside the rocket, where owls and mice...
  • Saturn 5 Blueprints Safely in Storage

    01/08/2004 2:20:33 PM PST · by Dead Dog · 237 replies · 748+ views ^ | 13 March 2000 | By Michael Paine
    Saturn 5 Blueprints Safely in Storage A NASA official has denied a claim made by a book author that blueprints for the mighty Saturn 5 rocket used to push Apollo astronauts to the moon were lost. The denial came in response to a recent story in that reported on a claim John Lewis made in his 1996 book, Mining the Sky, that he went looking for the Saturn 5 blueprints a few years ago and concluded, incredibly, they had been "lost." Paul Shawcross, from NASA's Office of Inspector General, came to the agency's defense in comments published on CCNet...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 2-15-03

    02/14/2003 10:10:51 PM PST · by petuniasevan · 6 replies · 336+ views
    NASA ^ | 2-15-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 February 15 Happy Birthday Jules Verne Credit: NASA Explanation: One hundred seventy-five years ago (on February 8th), Jules Verne was born in Nantes, France. Inspired by a lifelong fascination with machines, Verne wrote visionary works about "Extraordinary Voyages" including such terrestrial travels as Around the World in 80 Days, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. In 1865 he published...