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Friday, April 19, 2019

Educating our children: Bill requires Alabama schools to conduct Pledge of Allegiance


Bill requires Alabama schools to conduct Pledge of Allegiance


Article Excerpt: "... some children don’t know the pledge because they do not regularly recite it. While the bill requires schools to conduct the pledge each morning, it does not force students to participate..."


Reference: www.wdrb.com

Blue Origin will upgrade and refurbish rocket engine Test Stand 4670 at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama


A new Delta 2, Blue Origin inks with NASA, a fiery Falcon Heavy


Article Excerpt: "... NASA and Blue Origin formalize engine test deal. Under a new Commercial Space Launch Act agreement signed with NASA, Blue Origin will upgrade and refurbish Test Stand 4670 at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, to support testing of its BE-3U and BE-4 rocket engines..."


Reference: arstechnica.com

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

NASA awards Elon Musk’s SpaceX $69 million to fly a rocket into an asteroid


NASA awards Elon Musk’s SpaceX $69 million to fly a rocket into an asteroid


Article Excerpt: "...Atari fan Elon Musk has been awarded a U.S. government contract to essentially play a real-life version of the arcade shooter game Asteroids with his rocket company, SpaceX. NASA awarded Hawthorne-based Space Exploration Technologies Corp. a $..."


Reference: www.latimes.com

UAH plans major mixed-use campus expansion


UAH plans major mixed-use campus expansion


Article Excerpt: "...The additional development is significant for the Rocket City, which has seen steady growth over the years..."


Reference: www.bizjournals.com

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

NASA Astronaut, Long-Duration Spaceflight Pioneer Owen Garriott Dies At 88


NASA Astronaut, Long-Duration Spaceflight Pioneer Owen Garriott Dies At 88


Article Excerpt: "...(NASA) – Former astronaut and long-duration spaceflight pioneer Owen Garriott, 88, died on Monday at his home in Huntsville, Alabama. Garriott flew aboard the..."


Reference: spacecoastdaily.com

Thursday, April 11, 2019

SpaceX launches mega rocket, lands all 3 boosters


SpaceX launches mega rocket, lands all 3 boosters


Article Excerpt: "... The new and improved Falcon Heavy thundered into the early evening sky with a communication satellite called Arabsat, the rocket's first paying customer. The Falcon Heavy is the most powerful rocket in use today, with 27 engines firing at liftoff — nine per booster..."


Reference: www.tampabay.com

Monday, April 8, 2019

Rocket City leads the world in pioneering new propulsion technologies


NASA's $17-billion moon rocket may be doomed before it ever gets to the launch pad


Article Excerpt: "... As we continue to push farther into our solar system, we'll need innovative new propulsion systems to get us there, including nuclear power," he said. "And the president and I know there's no place on Earth better equipped to lead the world in pioneering these new propulsion technologies than Rocket City, U.S.," invoking Huntsville's self-proclaimed nickname..."


Reference: www.msn.com

The International Space Station (ISS) is crawling with nasty bacteria


The ISS is crawling with nasty bacteria


Article Excerpt: "... NASA scientists have found that the International Space Station (ISS), home to six astronauts, is infested with disease-inducing bacteria. Many of the organisms breeding on the craft's surfaces are known to form both bacterial and fungal biofilms that promote resistance to antibiotics..."


Reference: www.engadget.com

Thursday, April 4, 2019

NASA Test-Fires Megarocket Engine That May Take Astronauts to the Moon (Video)


NASA Test-Fires Megarocket Engine That May Take Astronauts to the Moon (Video)


Article Excerpt: "... The agency fired up its RS-25 engine at 3:35 p.m. EDT (2:25 p.m. local time CDT or 1935 GMT) today (Thursday) at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center, near the Mississippi-Louisiana border. The test is part of a larger effort..."


Reference: www.space.com

Two seafood restaurants are coming to the Rocket City


Two restaurant chains to open first Alabama locations in Huntsville this spring


Article Excerpt: "... Two seafood restaurants are gearing up to make their Alabama debut in the Rocket City..."


Reference: www.bizjournals.com

The Inmates Are Running Alabama Prisons, While Correctional Officers Fail to Observe or Intervene in Incidents


Investigation uncovers shocking violence in Alabama prisons


Article Excerpt: "... Investigators reviewed more than 600 reported inmate-on-inmate sexual assaults from late 2016 through April 2018, the report said, and “did not identify a single incident in which a correctional officer or other staff member observed or intervened” to stop it..."


Reference: nypost.com

SpaceX Starship 'Hopper' prototype finally lights up


SpaceX Starship 'Hopper' prototype finally lights up


Article Excerpt: "... After weeks of waiting and airspace closures over the SpaceX test facility in Boca Chica, Texas, the SpaceX CEO confirmed that the "hopper" version of his Starship (formerly known as "BFR") completed a "tethered hop" on Wednesday evening..."


Reference: www.cnet.com

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

NASA Mission AS-506 Apollo 11 Owner's Workshop Manual


NASA Mission AS-506 Apollo 11 Owner's Workshop Manual: 50th Anniversary Special Edition - An insight into the hardware from the first manned mission to land on the moon

Amazon

Article Excerpt: "... To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 20th century’s greatest flight achievement, this book chronicles how 400,000 men and women across the US worked to transport human beings across a quarter million miles of hostile space to an unexplored world, and how they ensured that the seven million engineered parts invented to fly this single mission all worked perfectly. The first Moon landing in July 1969 captured the world’s imagination like no other space event before or after. Now, a half century later, the Owners' Workshop Manual series presents a fascinating insight into this unparalleled mission, from the raw, fire-breathing power of the mighty Saturn V rocket to the individual stitching on a pressure-suit glove. You'll also find a new look at the legacy of Apollo 11, how the Apollo missions inspired Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos to think big and create the current SpaceX and Blue Origin programs, and a look forward to future manned Moon missions and deep-space exploration. The engaging, insightful text, accompanied by remarkable photos and technical images, bring arguably the greatest-ever feat of engineering and human endeavor to life ..."

Reference: www.amazon.com

NASA: India’s satellite destruction test put 400 pieces of debris into unknown orbits


India’s satellite destruction test put 400 pieces of debris into unknown orbits, claims NASA


Article Excerpt: "... India’s recent demonstration of its orbital defense capabilities scattered more than 400 pieces into various orbits, endangering the International Space Station and other emplacements, according to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. He called the test a “terrible, terrible thing..."


Reference: techcrunch.com

Monday, April 1, 2019

India’s PSLV rocket puts 29 satellites in orbit, just days after anti-satellite test


India’s PSLV rocket puts 29 satellites in orbit, just days after anti-satellite test


Article Excerpt: "... India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle has put a military satellite and 28 secondary payloads into orbit, with Seattle-based Spaceflight and other commercial ventures playing supporting roles. The PSLV C45 mission lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Center at ..."


Reference: www.geekwire.com

State inspectors asking veterans about alleged abuse at Huntsville VA home


Resident: State inspectors asking veterans about alleged abuse at Huntsville VA home


Article Excerpt: "... The state of Alabama is investigating the Floyd E. ‘Tut’ Fann Veterans home in Huntsville... allegations of physical abuse. WAFF 48 News published multiple stories in March about alleged mistreatment and abuse at the home. In response, the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs requested an independent investigation..."


Reference: www.waff.com

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Apollo 11 from director Todd Douglas Miller ...get it at Amazon here. Number 1 Best Seller in Documentary


Apollo 11 (2019) [Blu-ray]

Apollo 11
Apollo 11

Article Excerpt: "... Crafted from a newly discovered trove of 65mm footage, and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, Apollo 11 takes us straight to the heart of NASA's most celebrated mission—the one that first put men on the moon, and forever made Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin into household names...."

Reference: www.amazon.com

The Rocket City Welcomes Vice President Pence to the Space & Rocket Center for Space Council Meeting


Remarks by Vice President Pence at the Fifth Meeting of the National Space Council in the Rocket City


Mike Pence Visits the Rocket City
Vice President Mike Pence
Article Excerpt: "... to all the members of the National Space Council and the Users' Advisory Group; to Dr. Deborah Barnhart and the great team here at the Space and Rocket Center; honored guests; and especially to all the dedicated the men and women of the Marshall Space Flight Center: It is great to be back in Rocket City ..."

Reference: spaceref.com

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Huntsville Police boast high clearance rate for city’s crimes


Huntsville Police boast high clearance rate for city’s crimes


Article Excerpt: "... it's important that we have a high clearance rate," Capt. Mike Izzo said of all crimes that happen in the city. Capt. Izzo leads the criminal investigations division of the department. He says his team cuts no corners when it comes to finding the person responsible for a crime, no matter the crime..."


Reference: whnt.com

Dream Chaser passes latest NASA development milestone


Dream Chaser passes latest NASA development milestone


Article Excerpt: "... Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser cargo space plane recently passed another milestone in its development to be the third commercial cargo freighter for the International Space Station. According to the Nevada-based company, Dream Chaser..."


Reference: www.spaceflightinsider.com