By: Cynthia Wall
On a spring day in 1983, I excused myself from a college class I was teaching and went outside. Actually, the students went with me and stared in disbelief at their crazy teacher, a ham radio operator, who held a small two meter transmitter to...
The history of NASA's Mercury Program
By: Trenna Sue Hiler
The Mercury Project is the very beginning of man traveling into space. It was this project that made the term" Astronaut" a household word. They came up with the word as a variation to the balloonist who were called Argonauts as they were sailing in...
UFO contact: Are we ready?
By: Dallas Brown
If UFO stands for Unidentifiable Frying Objects, it is way too late to be thinking about prevention! These hamburgers are killing us!But, well, you know, it is the Unidentified Flying objects that we refer to by the shortened "UFO." So I quite naturally...
By: Tenebris
When there's a ring around the moon,Rain or snow is coming soon.A ring around the moon is caused by the refraction of moonlight against ice crystals in the upper atmosphere. The halo is always white or pale in colour, but sometimes a narrow...
An overview on the types of jobs astronauts perform in space
By: Marc Phillippe Babineau
Astronauts perform a myriad of types of jobs in space, from military, private and business affairs to the building, maintaining and repairing of the International Space Station (ISS). The launching, repairing and maintenance duties for objects like the Hubble Telescope, as well as military and...
The selection process to become an astronaut
By: Mona Gallagher
The selection process for becoming an astronaut is long and requires extraordinary dedication to the training process, but this is no ordinary job. It's the chance of a lifetime. People who love science, adventure, and technology (in any order) appear to be natural candidates for...
The history of NASA's Mercury Program
By: Mona Gallagher
Project Mercury was the first American manned space program initiated in 1958 under President Eisenhower's administration. Prior to 1958, the world knew little about the space program and virtually nothing of the rocket launches that preceded Mercury by a dozen years. However, the Soviet Union...
The history of NASA's Gemini Program
By: Mona Gallagher
The Gemini program was an extension of the Mercury project leading to the Apollo manned space flight programs required to execute President John F. Kennedy's proposed manned lunar landing by the end of the decade. The Gemini program set intermediate and clear-cut goals to increase...
The history of NASA's Mercury Program
By: Greg Dunn
Six days after the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was created on October 1, 1958, The Mercury Program came into being. NASA was created in response to the Soviet Union's October 4, 1957 launch of the satellite Sputnik. The Mercury Program, to be followed...
By: Bridget Webber
The first African American space hero to become prominent was Benjamin Banneker. Born in 1731, Banneker's ancestry was that of slavery. He, himself was born a free man but would have come up against much prejudice from the outside world, who had never come across...

 

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