Archive for the ‘NASA’ Category

when space vehicles crash

December 7, 2006

Some people do not like NASA because they think that much of what they do is not a wise use of taxpayer money.

Other people do not like NASA because they think that if a space shuttle or a space rocket were to explode or leak or whatever, dangerous/deadly chemicals and/or nuclear material could be released.

http://www.space4peace.org/

is NASA part of the US Air Force?

December 7, 2006

People in the United States often say that NASA is not a part of the US military and that NASA only works on “peaceful” things; but by looking at the personal biographies that NASA has put out for the most recent astronauts, one could get second thoughts about such comments.

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts116/index.html

*Commander Mark Polansky: US Air Force
*Pilot William Oefelein: US Navy
*Mission Specialist Robert Curbeam: US Navy
*Mission Specialist Joan Higginbotham: “Commendation of Merit for Service to the Department of Defense (DOD) Missions”
*Mission Specialist Nicholas Patrick: Royal Air Force
*Mission Specialist Christer Fuglesang: nothing directly military in NASA bio
*Flight Engineer Sunita Williams: US Navy
*Flight Engineer Thomas Reiter: German Air Force

I think that NASA and the US military are definitely involved with one another.

I thought Sally Ride was dead

December 7, 2006

In 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger blew up or whatever over the Florida area and it got real famous real fast because of all of the students and teachers watching it on television in school, because there was a teacher on board.

That teacher who died was Christa McAuliffe.

Sally Ride is another astronaut who seems to be much more famous than Christa McAuliffe, but Sally Ride is not dead. Am I the only one who got these two confused?

By the way, the Space Shuttle Columbia explosion or whatever over the Texas area in 2003 seems to be less famous than Challenger explosion or whatever.