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Teamwork at NASA is Crucial

Space travel is a big human project that started more than 50 years ago during the “cold war” when the United States recognized the technical advances of their rival Soviet Union (now the Russian Federation). The program developed out of a military culture. The first people to enter space were military test pilots and those developing increasingly advanced aircraft and aerospace vehicles. The first rockets used in the space program were military rockets. NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) is now a civilian agency. However, the language and culture of the staff involved in space flight is still strongly influenced by military culture. The reason for this is that the military chain of command and military language creates a high...

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Trick Shot: The Brief Untold Story of Apollo 13

The dramatic against-the-odds survival story of Apollo 13, which suffered an explosion and critical equipment failure on the first leg of its journey to the moon, is one of the most famous true space stories. Immortalized in pop songs and a blockbuster film, many people know the broad strokes of the story. However, the most amazing part of their adventure in space is not actually that well-known. It’s the story of the most incredible trick shot in all, of human history. After the oxygen tank explosion, the crew had to huddle in the Lunar Module as a lifeboat. The explosion had changed the trajectory of the craft, and it would no longer re-enter the Earth's atmosphere at the correct, safe...

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A Quick Inside Look at Meteorite Collectors

Becoming a meteorite collector is growing into one of the most popular hobbies of our time, with more people entering as first time collectors. Dealers are known in business for selling Meteor rocks, only which would be very difficult back in the day when there wasn't as many meteor leftovers as there is now to collect from. Meteor collecting back in the day was looked down upon because everyone was convinced, due to the Church's words that the heavens and earth are perfect and by any stones falling from the sky, that would be the opposite of their beliefs which would not be tolerated. But after so many meteor showers filled up our skies and ground, especially, the huge meteor...

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The Evolution of the Spacesuit

A spacesuit worn for high atmosphere travel or outer space visits, is more than a suit of clothing. In some cases it's an entire spaceship of its own. In the beginning of space technology, as far back as the 1930s when high altitude travel became possible for pilots, suits were needed to protect from the change of environment that high atmospheric travel requires. The suits have changed with technology over time but still share basic purposes starting with protection from pressure change. The suits also need to supply breathing and provide cover. Early suits for high altitude travel were known as partial-pressure suits. They were flexible since they were made from movable fabric and provided protection in emergency situations. Pressure...

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The Moonwalkers Lithograph - Framed Presentation

THE MOONWALKERS LITHOGRAPH – FRAMED HAS A LONG, LONG STORY BEHIND THIS ONE. SIMPLY, THIS PRINT WAS FIRST BEGUN IN 1986, BUT OUT-LIVED THREE OF THE SIGNEES BEFORE IT EVEN BECAME AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC. IT EMERGED FROM YEARS OF LITIGATION AND FALSE STARTS, AND NOW THE SIGNING ASTRONAUTS HAVE SPECIFICALLY ASKED NOVASPACE TO FINALLY GIVE IT THE EXPOSURE IT DESERVES. THE LATE JIM IRWIN WAS THE FIRST TO SIGN, AND 10 OTHER MOONWALKERS HAVE ADDED THEIR AUTOGRAPHS OVER THE YEARS. ALL 6 LUNAR LANDINGS ARE REPRESENTED. A TOTAL OF ELEVEN MOONWALKERS HAVE SIGNED THIS PRINT: BUZZ ALDRIN, PETE CONRAD, ALAN BEAN, ALAN SHEPARD, EDGAR MITCHELL, JIM IRWIN, DAVE SCOTT, CHARLIE DUKE, JOHN YOUNG, GENE CERNAN AND JACK SCHMITT. ALL...

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