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On this day in 1962: John Glenn is first US astronaut to orbit Earth

John Glenn became the first US astronaut to orbit the Earth in Mercury Atlas 6. William Hines, a Flight International reporter wrote: “The flight of Mercury-Atlas 6 culminated in success a lengthy series of misfortunes and delays. It had been hoped by US Government leaders that the first American manned orbital flight would occur in […]

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A NASA airliner concept

Predicting what lies in store over the next 100 years of aviation is challenging. The framework for the near term (the next 20 or 30 years) is already in place, with new airliner programmes such as the Airbus A350, A380 and Boeing 787. And six teams are studying advanced airliner concepts for NASA. Advancements in military […]

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NASA plans son of Saturn V

NASA has detailed its plans to spend at least $68 million until 2013 on the development of the largest rocket ever, its proposed Ares V cargo launch vehicle (CaLV) that will send the USA back to the Moon by 2020. Taller and more powerful than the Apollo programme’s Saturn V launcher, with a gross lift-off […]

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Endeavour flies on the back of modified Boeing 747

Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, a modified Boeing 747, takes off from Edwards Air Force Base, California, yesterday morning, carrying space shuttle Endeavour back to its home base at NASA‘s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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747SP as flying observatory

NASA has invested almost two decades and $500 million on modifications to N747NA, a former Pan Am and United Air Lines mainline aircraft that is now a research platform called the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (Sofia). Mounted in the rear of N747NA – in Section 46 – is a 19t telescope with a 2.5m […]

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NASA Experimental Aircraft

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Paragliding reentry capsules celebrate 44-year anniversary

E. P. Hetzel trying out the paraglider system of spacecraft recovery, then under consideration for Project Gemini .It was the first manned test of the recovery system at what became NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards, California. Read more on Hyperbola

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Convair CV990

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Convair CV990

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Contrail Web over the Central Rhône Valley, France

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