September 12, 2012 |
Fifty years ago today, President Kennedy made his case to the American people that the country should send a man to the moon. “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things not because they are easy but because they are hard,” Kennedy told an outdoor audience at Rice University in Houston. The Sept. 12, 1962, speech came more than a year after the Soviets sent cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin into space, becoming the first human to orbit the Earth. His April 12, 1961, flight lasted less than two hours, but the space race was on. Three weeks later, NASA astronaut Alan Shepard became the first American to travel to space with a five-minute suborbital flight.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1988
One of the main rationales for the American space program is the contribution that it makes to science and our knowledge of the world and the universe. Yet space science, as this leg of space is called, is usually overshadowed by the much more glamorous (and dangerous, and expensive) manned space program. The space scientists--whose fields range from planetary exploration to earth sciences to fundamental physics, chemistry and life science--have reason to complain that they don't get no respect.
October 1, 1996 |
It was only meant to be in space for three years, but the International Ultraviolet Explorer lasted nearly 19, producing brilliant scientific observations before dying ignominiously Monday of money starvation. With the push of a button, Dr. Yoji Kondo at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland ended one of the longest and most productive missions in the history of space science. That caused the hydrazine gas tank, which held steering propellant, to empty and the batteries to go dead.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2003 |
Rudolf F. Hoelker, a space science pioneer and member of Wernher von Braun's German rocket team, died June 14 at a Massachusetts hospital. He was 91. Hoelker was born in Halle, Germany, and worked with Von Braun in Germany during World War II. After the war, he moved to Huntsville, Ala., with the rocket team and helped to build the U.S. aerospace program in the early days of the space race.
June 13, 1987 |
In a major organizational shift, NASA announced guidelines Friday to ensure smooth development of commercial space activities with a heavy emphasis on potentially lucrative materials science. Deputy Administrator Dale D. Myers said the importance of the virtually gravity-free space environment to new technology development warranted special treatment within the agency.
June 29, 1988 |
Concluding a massive study of the U.S. space science program, the National Research Council's Space Science Board on Tuesday called for establishment of a satellite network capable of constant observation of the entire Earth. At the same time, it recommended intensive planetary exploration, emphasizing Mars during the last years of the 20th Century and the first of the 21st but including unmanned landings on Mercury and Venus and probes into the atmosphere of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.