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Retired AF Officer To Go On Simulated Mars Mission

Edward Fix

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- An Air Force Institute of Technology alumnus and retired Air Force officer was selected by NASA and the University of Hawaii as one of nine team members to participate in an upcoming simulated mission to Mars.  Edward Fix, who earned a Master of Science in electrical engineering from AFIT, will participa... more

NASA: Former Astronaut Nagel Dies after Illness

astronaut Steven R. Nagel

HOUSTON — Steven R. Nagel, a former astronaut who flew on four space shuttle flights, has died after a long illness. He was 67. NASA said in a news release that Nagel died Thursday. Longtime friend Ed Reinholtz said Nagel died of cancer in Columbia, Missouri. Nagel was a test pilot for the Air Force before becoming an astronaut in 1979. NASA ... more

X-15 Rocket Plane Pilot Bill Dana Dies at 83

rocket plane pilot Bill Dana

LOS ANGELES — Famed research test pilotBill Dana, who flew the X-15 rocket plane and other pioneering aircraft during the birth of the space age, has died at age 83. Dana died Tuesday at an assisted living facility in suburban Phoenix, according to an announcement Wednesday by NASA'sArmstrong Flight Research Center in California. Starting in t... more

Astronauts Train at Maxwell Air Force Base

Six American and international astronauts work together to overcome an obstacle at the Project X leadership reaction course March 4, 2014, at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. -- To prepare for the rigors and dangers of space travel, astronauts attend different training scenarios at facilities all over the world.  Some are highly specialized, immersive environments such as underwater tanks containing full mock ups of the international space station to practice functioning in weightless en... more

Airmen Deliver NASA Equipment to Japan

Aircrew at Kitakyushu Airport in Japan 600x400

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. -- Even with all the advancements mankind has made, storms like Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy have proven just how vulnerable we can be to the wrath of Mother Nature. Advanced and accurate information about the path of these storms can be the difference between life and death. Unfortunately, the information av... more

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