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X-15 Rocket Plane Pilot Bill Dana Dies at 83

rocket plane pilot Bill Dana

Associated Press | May 08, 2014

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.

Air Force News | Mar 18, 2014

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

Air Force News | Dec 02, 2013

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

Decades-old Photos emerge of Apollo Training

Lunar rover in Hawaii

Associated Press | May 31, 2014

HONOLULU -- Before Apollo astronauts went to the moon, they went to Hawaii to train on the Big Island's lunar landscapes.   Now, decades-old photos are surfacing of astronauts scooping up Hawaii's soil and riding across volcanic fields in a "moon buggy" vehicle.   The Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems, a Hawaii state... more

NASA Honors Neil Armstrong with Center Renaming

PR Newswire | Mar 01, 2014

Two generations of aerospace engineering excellence will come together Saturday, March 1 when NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif., is redesignated NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center. The agency's center of excellence for atmospheric flight research is being renamed in honor of the late Neil A. Armstrong, a former resear... more

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