He was a Systems Integration Planner for the “Service Module” (the SM part of CSM) at North American Aviation in Downey, California. He helped put a man on the moon. Pretty fuckin cool, uh!
The Space Shuttle main engines burn liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen. Each engine can generate almost 1.8 meganewtons (MN) or 400,000 lbf of thrust at liftoff.
The Space Shuttle’s rocket engines are capable of operating at extreme temperatures. The liquid hydrogen fuel is stored at −253 degrees Celsius (−423 degrees Fahrenheit). However, when burned with liquid oxygen, the temperature in the combustion chamber reaches 3,300 C (6,000 F), higher than the boiling point of iron. The main engines collectively consume 3,917 liters (1,035 gallons) of propellant per second. They can also be gimbled (turned) and throttled between 67 to 109% of their rated designed thrust.
…and during launch that look really fuckin cool!
Scientists have concluded the part of Mars that NASA’s Opportunity rover is exploring was soaking wet in the past.
Clues from the rocks’ composition, such as the presence of sulfates, and the rocks’ physical appearance, such as niches where cork grew, helped make the case for wine once being present. The debate now starts on what type of wine it was. Since Mars is known as the “Red” planet, there is a strong consensus that it was a Burgundy with the Italian team insisting it was Chianti.
WASHINGTON, DC—A NASA poll conducted to gauge support for President Bush’s space-exploration initiative revealed that a depressing 57 percent of Americans believe that the U.S. already has a research base on the moon. “We put that international space-station thing up there in the ’60s,” phone-poll respondent Randy Snow said. “It might be on Mars, but I think it’s the moon—wherever they have the golf course that President Kennedy played on. Remember, the Cubans tried to take it over?” NASA officials said they hope someday to make Americans’ perception a reality.
10. Dick Cheney needs a new undisclosed location
9. It’s part of his “No Planet Left Behind” initiative
8. Great deal on the off-season airfare right now at Expedia.com
7. Maybe we’ll find some weapons of mass destruction there
6. We’ve run out of places on Earth to drill for oil
5. Hoping to get Mork’s autograph
4. We cannot back down until the people of Mars hold free elections
3. Dude, free Mars bars
2. Why not? It’s not like we have an enormous debt or failing economy
1. Pete Rose bet him we wouldn’t do it
WASHINGTON — President George W. Bush called for a return to American manned space flight in a speech before NASA employees and members of Congress. He called for a permanent space base on the Moon and for an eventual manned flight to Mars.
But the president’s goals did not end with two of Earth’s closest neighbors. “We don’t know where the journey will end. But we do know that it’s time for human beings to enter the Solar System. To that end, I’m proposing a complete manned survey of the planets and their major satellites. This generation has a rendezvous with Pluto and a mission to Mercury. It’s time to take a gander at Ganymede. Finally – and I can’t stress this enough, America must probe Uranus.”
The president then paused in his speech to choke back muffled laughter before spelling out some of the economic benefits of his ambitious proposal. “We know that Io, one of Jupiter’s moons, may contain vast quantities of hydrogen, which will fuel the next generation of American automobiles. We know that the Moon offers not only a low-gravity environment for interplanetary launches, but also an abundant supply of rocks. And Mercury – well, let’s just say that this administration will not let America’s thermometer manufacturers down at this critical moment.”
However, President Bush responded to critics of his proposal by stressing the diplomatic benefits of such a plan, particularly in the case of a mission to Mars. “It’s critical that we establish diplomatic relations with Lord Phallis, Tardos Mors and the freedom-loving red people of Helium,” he stated. “The barbaric Tharks and Warhoons must understand that their aggression against the other races of Mars will not stand.” Neither the Jeddak of Helium nor Lord Phallis, Warlord of Mars, were available for comment.