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  • Apollo 13: A Successful Failure - 1,192 words
    ... t tank was leaking, apparently damaged by the blowout of tank No. 2, and the power was fading. Only the command module storage batteries were left in Apollo, and these would have to be used for reentry into Earth atmosphere. The lunar module was now the crew's only salvation. As the crew began moving into the Aquarius and shutting down the command module, navigators at Mission Control computed a new course that would swing the ship around the Moon and bring it back to Earth. At 2:43 a.m. CST, April 14th the crew made the first course correction. They had to fire the Lunar Modules engines for 30.7 seconds. This would increase the velocity 38 feet per second, which put the ship in a free r ...
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  • Challenger - 2,433 words
    Challenger 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 seeing became apparent, Pilot Michael John Smiths daughter, 9 year old Erin Smith, could be heard yelling, "Daddy! Daddy! I want you, Daddy! You promised nothing would happen!" Unfortunate ...
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  • Do We Need More Space - 959 words
    Do We Need More Space? Do we need more space? The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA for short, plays a necessary and vital role in human life. It provides economic stability for the country, the common-day luxuries we have all come to expect, medical discoveries and advances, an insurance policy for the planet, and fulfills mankind's eternal desire for exploration. Though there are many critics of the federally-funded space program, it indeed plays a central role in both the history and the future of the country. The space program is a major component in our country's economic stability. The industry generates more than $40 billion in annual exports, and almost $30 billi ...
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  • Saturn - 1,287 words
    ... Saturn, has been a major process in shaping the solar system. Mimas is marked by a huge impact crater called Herschel that is fully one-fourth the diameter of Mimas itself. This crater makes Mimas look like a staring eyeball, giving it the nickname Death Star. The impact that formed it was almost intense enough to blast Mimas into fragments. This moon is the innermost of Saturns large moons, orbiting outside the rings of its parent planet. Herschek is 140 kilometers (90 miles) across and 10 kilometers (6 miles) deep. It is one of the largest craters, with respect to planetary diameter, in the solar system (Great Space Place). Enceladus, another of Saturns moons, is located in the center ...
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  • Space Race - 1,170 words
    Space Race The tension that existed between the U.S. and Russia during the years after WWII was not only a time that both countries patiently tried to keep the world from another war, but was also a time of great rivalry in the exploration of space. As both counties diligently experimented with plans for creating a way to get into the vastness of space, spies on both sides were already in place to steal those ideas. And so the space race begun. Both countries wanted to be the first to succeed so millions were spent as the world watched as the U.S. and Russia went head to head in a battle that would change the world forever. The space race began with the launch of Sputnik 1 on October 4, 1957 ...
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