History UsefulNotes / NASA

9th Jan '18 7:54:09 PM Kalmbach
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* ''Enterprise'' (after ''that [[Franchise/StarTrek Enterprise]]'', seriously![[note]]It was originally to be named ''Constitution'' in honor of the frigate launched in 1797[[/note]]). Built primarily for testing purposes, ''Enterprise'' wasn't actually capable of spaceflight (as it is missing several minor things like ''heat shielding'' or ''engines''), though there were originally plans to refit it for such.[[note]]''Enterprise'' was designed internally by superstructure as "OV-101." Rather than an overly costly refit of her for operational use, NASA decided that a structurally-identical frame used for early tests would be fitted for flight instead: "STA-099." This became "OV-099," otherwise known as '''''Challenger.''''' Imagine the MassOhCrap and fandom-mourning moments that the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' community would have doubly-suffered, on top of the general sadness of the tragedy, were it ''Enterprise'' that was destroyed that day.[[/note]]

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* ''Enterprise'' (after ''that [[Franchise/StarTrek Enterprise]]'', seriously![[note]]It was originally to be named ''Constitution'' in honor of the frigate launched in 1797[[/note]]). Built primarily for aerodynamic testing purposes, ''Enterprise'' wasn't actually capable of spaceflight (as it is missing several minor things like ''heat shielding'' or ''engines''), though there were originally plans to refit it for such.[[note]]''Enterprise'' was designed internally by superstructure as "OV-101." Rather than an overly costly refit of her for operational use, NASA decided that a structurally-identical frame used for early tests would be fitted for flight instead: "STA-099." This became "OV-099," otherwise known as '''''Challenger.''''' Imagine the MassOhCrap and fandom-mourning moments that the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' community would have doubly-suffered, on top of the general sadness of the tragedy, were it ''Enterprise'' that was destroyed that day.[[/note]]
8th Jan '18 4:38:55 PM ScorpiusOB1
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** The ''Juno'' mission, launched in 2011, is on a mission to study Jupiter, and arrived in orbit in July 2016, before being de-orbited into Jupiter, as ''Galileo'' had been, 15 months and 33 polar orbits (to avoid Jupiter's radiation belts, which badly damaged ''Galileo'') later.

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** The ''Juno'' mission, launched in 2011, is on a mission to study Jupiter, and arrived in orbit in July 2016, before being de-orbited into Jupiter, as ''Galileo'' had been, 15 months and 33 polar orbits (to avoid Jupiter's radiation belts, which badly damaged ''Galileo'') later.
later[[note]]Due to issues with its main engine, ''Juno'' has remained on its original 53-days orbit and did not change to the originally planned 14-days one. It's expected that it will complete at least only twelve orbits (=same science, more time to retrieve it) until July 2018 when it will be sent to Jupiter's atmosphere assuming the mission is not extended[[/note]].
2nd Jan '18 1:03:00 PM LtFedora
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* ''Challenger'' (after the ship used for the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Challenger_expedition Challenger expedition]], and the Apollo 17 Command Module). First launched in 1983. Carried the first American female astronaut, Sally Ride, into space. Sadly, ''Challenger'' is best known for its [[NeverLiveItDown destruction in 1986 just over a minute after liftoff.]] The destruction was caused by a design flaw in the solid-rocket booster that, when combined with abnormally-strong wind shear and temperatures you'd never expect for Florida, caused a "bleed-through" on the external tank. It had happened several times before, but nothing wrong ever happened, so NASA made it a feature of the system. On this mission, the bleed-through caused the SRB to tear itself from the external tank, flinging the stack broadside into its own airstream (keep in mind the shuttle was flying at ''Mach-1'' at the time), and tore the orbiter and external tank apart, as the airstream pushed them too far past stress tolerances. The SRBs, which were designed with a higher stress tolerance, remained in flight, out of control, before being destroyed by the Range Safety Officer. To this day, the media still refers to the disaster as an explosion, though the correct term is disintegration, as all indications suggest that the crew was still alive after break-up, only to be killed when they slammed into the Atlantic at roughly 200 MPH. Those with this knowledge still refer to the general consensus of there being an explosion collectively groan at this CriticalResearchFailure.

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* ''Challenger'' (after the ship used for the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Challenger_expedition Challenger expedition]], and the Apollo 17 Command Module). First launched in 1983. Carried the first American female astronaut, Sally Ride, into space. Sadly, ''Challenger'' is best known for its [[NeverLiveItDown destruction in 1986 just over a minute after liftoff.]] The destruction was caused by a design flaw in the solid-rocket booster that, when combined with abnormally-strong wind shear and temperatures you'd never expect for Florida, caused a "bleed-through" on the external tank. It had happened several times before, but nothing wrong ever happened, so NASA made it a feature of the system. On this mission, the bleed-through caused the SRB to tear itself from the external tank, flinging the stack broadside into its own airstream (keep in mind the shuttle was flying at ''Mach-1'' at the time), and tore the orbiter and external tank apart, as the airstream pushed them too far past stress tolerances. The SRBs, [=SRBs=], which were designed with a higher stress tolerance, remained in flight, out of control, before being destroyed by the Range Safety Officer. To this day, the media still refers to the disaster as an explosion, though the correct term is disintegration, as all indications suggest that the crew was still alive after break-up, only to be killed when they slammed into the Atlantic at roughly 200 MPH. Those with this knowledge still refer to the general consensus of there being an explosion collectively groan at this CriticalResearchFailure.
12th Nov '17 1:23:55 AM DukeofFinland
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* NASA is brought up quite often in ''[[Radio/TrueCapitalist True Capitalist Radio]]'' as a part of [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist Ghost's]] [[ConspiracyTheorist conspiratorial beliefs]]. At first it started with him doubting the moon landings but it eventually evolved to him denying the existence of space as a whole and claiming that NASA spends its entire budget to fabricating evidence of celestial objects and helping government [[BigBrotherIsWatching monitor its citizens better]]. Suffice to say, his [[{{Troll}} listener base]] often likes to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3qRaRASDQ4 ridicule him for these beliefs]].
5th Nov '17 11:54:15 AM ScorpiusOB1
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** Since 2004, the ''Cassini'' orbiter has been studying Saturn and [[UsefulNotes/TheMoonsOfSaturn its moons]] and rings. It deployed the European-built ''Huygens'' miniprobe (which ''did'' include a camera) which landed on the surface of the mysterious moon Titan, and confirmed the presence of hydrocarbon lakes on that moon, and active water ice volcanoes and a subsurface ocean on Enceladus. Current plans are to de-orbit the craft into Saturn ''a la Galileo'' around 2017 after a "Grand Finale" of risky but scientifically valuable maneuvers, but [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassini%E2%80%93Huygens_retirement other options]] exist.

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** Since 2004, 2004 until 2017, the ''Cassini'' ''[[CoolStarship Cassini]]'' orbiter has been studying studied Saturn and [[UsefulNotes/TheMoonsOfSaturn its moons]] and rings. It deployed the European-built ''Huygens'' miniprobe (which ''did'' include a camera) which landed on the surface of the mysterious moon Titan, and confirmed the presence of hydrocarbon lakes on that moon, and active water ice volcanoes and a subsurface ocean on Enceladus. Current plans are to de-orbit the craft It was de-orbited into Saturn ''a la Galileo'' around 2017 after a "Grand Finale" of risky but scientifically valuable maneuvers, as the probe ran out of fuel, but [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassini%E2%80%93Huygens_retirement other options]] exist.were considered.
4th Jul '17 10:12:47 AM nombretomado
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** There are currently plans to launch quite a few more probes to Mars, including sample return missions and more and bigger rovers. The ''Mars Science Laboratory'' or "''Curiosity''" rover landed on the planet in 2012. Its landing heralded a few remarkable "firsts", including the use of a "sky crane," a powered rocket frame that lowered the Mini Cooper-sized rover to the surface, rather than using previous landing methods. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_science_laboratory_rover Oh, just go to the remarkable page]] on TheOtherWiki for the grandeur of this rover.

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** There are currently plans to launch quite a few more probes to Mars, including sample return missions and more and bigger rovers. The ''Mars Science Laboratory'' or "''Curiosity''" rover landed on the planet in 2012. Its landing heralded a few remarkable "firsts", including the use of a "sky crane," a powered rocket frame that lowered the Mini Cooper-sized rover to the surface, rather than using previous landing methods. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_science_laboratory_rover Oh, just go to the remarkable page]] on TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki for the grandeur of this rover.
2nd Jun '17 8:37:40 AM PaddyMurphy
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* Apollo 8: the first mission in human history that went to the Moon. This was the first time that Humans had left near earth orbit. The flight did not land. Arguably the defining moment where the United States overtook the USSR in UsefulNotes/TheSpaceRace. [[note]]It's arguable that this happened with Gemini 12 in late 1966, when Buzz Aldrin proved gainful EVA was possible. At that point, the Soviet program had been frozen by technical and political issues for over a year, exacerbated by the death of their lead engineer, Sergei Korolev. The Soyuz 1 disaster would prevent any chance for the Soviets to capitalize on the Apollo 1 disaster to re-take the lead. But the achievements of Apollo 8 were more glamorous, and even more symbolic for "saving" the otherwise chaotic and depressing year 1968.[[/note]] Also notable for the Christmas Eve broadcast, in which the astronauts read from [[Literature/TheBible Genesis]] during a scheduled television broadcast, and the famous Earthrise photograph. Many professionals think of this as more significant than even...
* [[#Apollo11]]Apollo 11: first manned mission to land on the Moon. Neil Armstrong gets to say his famous lines. Gently parodied by ''Film/TheDish'', which loosely follows the tale of the radio observatory in Australia responsible for tracking the mission. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_11_missing_tapes NASA erased their recordings of the event, which they never lived down.]]

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* Apollo 8: the first mission in human history that went to the Moon. This was the first time that Humans had left near earth orbit. The flight did not land. Arguably the defining moment where the United States overtook the USSR in UsefulNotes/TheSpaceRace. [[note]]It's arguable that this happened with Gemini 12 in late 1966, when Buzz Aldrin proved gainful EVA was possible. At that point, the Soviet program had been frozen by technical and political issues for over a year, exacerbated by the death of their lead engineer, Sergei Korolev. The Soyuz 1 disaster would prevent any chance for the Soviets to capitalize on the Apollo 1 disaster to re-take the lead. But the achievements of Apollo 8 were more glamorous, and even more symbolic for "saving" the otherwise chaotic and depressing year 1968.[[/note]] Also notable for the Christmas Eve broadcast, in which the astronauts read from [[Literature/TheBible Genesis]] during a scheduled television broadcast, and the famous Earthrise photograph. Many professionals think of this as more significant than even...
even...[[#Apollo11]]
* [[#Apollo11]]Apollo Apollo 11: first manned mission to land on the Moon. Neil Armstrong gets to say his famous lines. Gently parodied by ''Film/TheDish'', which loosely follows the tale of the radio observatory in Australia responsible for tracking the mission. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_11_missing_tapes NASA erased their recordings of the event, which they never lived down.]]
2nd Jun '17 7:38:38 AM PaddyMurphy
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* Apollo 11: first manned mission to land on the Moon. Neil Armstrong gets to say his famous lines. Gently parodied by ''Film/TheDish'', which loosely follows the tale of the radio observatory in Australia responsible for tracking the mission. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_11_missing_tapes NASA erased their recordings of the event, which they never lived down.]]

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* Apollo [[#Apollo11]]Apollo 11: first manned mission to land on the Moon. Neil Armstrong gets to say his famous lines. Gently parodied by ''Film/TheDish'', which loosely follows the tale of the radio observatory in Australia responsible for tracking the mission. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_11_missing_tapes NASA erased their recordings of the event, which they never lived down.]]
12th Apr '17 1:09:22 PM MarkLungo
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* There are a LOT of [[ConspiracyTheorist conspiracy theories]] about NASA, let's just leave it at that.

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* There are a LOT ''lot'' of [[ConspiracyTheorist conspiracy theories]] about NASA, let's NASA. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment Let's just leave it at that.
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* They have their own [[http://www.nasa.gov/ website]]. Notable for horrible infrastructures [[labelnote:*]] For example, ''www.nasa.gov'' is not the same as ''nasa.gov''. Amended by autocomplete. [[/labelnote]] and one of the earlier websites. Go check it out.

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* They have their own [[http://www.nasa.gov/ website]]. Notable for horrible infrastructures [[labelnote:*]] [[note]] For example, ''www.nasa.gov'' is not the same as ''nasa.gov''. Amended by autocomplete. [[/labelnote]] [[/note]] and one of the earlier websites. Go check it out.
8th Sep '16 8:51:58 PM Mitchz95
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** [[Myth/EgyptianMythology OSIRIS]]-[[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs REx]], a sample return mission planned to be launched in 2016 to study an asteroid called [[Myth/EgyptianMythology Bennu]] and learn about their origins.

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** [[Myth/EgyptianMythology OSIRIS]]-[[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs REx]], a sample return mission planned to be launched in 2016 to study an asteroid called [[Myth/EgyptianMythology Bennu]] Bennu and learn about their origins.
its origins. The probe will rendezvous with Bennu in 2018, study the asteroid for about 500 days, then collect a sample and return it to Earth in 2023.
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