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A Dictionary of the Space Age by Paul Dickson

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Ansari X Prize. Competition to launch a privately funded space vehicle. Created in 1996 for a team to privately build, launch, and finance a 12 anti-satellite vehicle capable of carrying a single pilot and added ballast to compensate for the weight of two hypothetical passengers. In order to claim the prize, the same vehicle had to repeat this trip twice within two weeks. According to the rules and guidelines of the competition, as a demonstration of economic reusability, no more than 10 percent of the vehicle’s non-propellant mass could be replaced between the first and second flights.

Antares. (1) The third stage of the Scout rocket, named for the brightest star in the constellation Scorpius. See Scout. (2) Call sign for the Apollo 14 Lunar Module, piloted by Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell, who went to the lunar surface while Stuart Roosa piloted the Command Module, Kitty Hawk. 45 kg) of lunar material. S. lunar landing mission, and the first since the near-disaster of Apollo 13. ETYMOLOGY. (definition 2). ” Roosa, who ended up naming the Command Module Kitty Hawk, added, “It is a very difficult task to name a spacecraft.

6). As Levine explains, this meant all three stages of the Saturn V were to be flown with the Apollo Command and Service Module instead of being flown separately. ETYMOLOGY. The approach was created by George Mueller, who took over the Office of Manned Space Flight in September 1963. “In Apollo,” explained Homer Newell, “the all up philosophy—which called for assembling a complete launcher and attempting to carry out a complete mission even on early test flights—was intended to produce economies as well as to preserve an image of success” (Newell, Beyond the Atmosphere, SP-4211, p.

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