Morpheus Free Flight Reaches 1,300 ft

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A free-flight test of the Morpheus prototype lander was conducted May 22 at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The 97-second test began at 2:30 p.m. EDT with the Morpheus lander launching from the ground over a flame trench and ascending more than 800 feet safely touching down after covering approximately 1,300 feet.

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  1. 32214531
    32214531 May 24, 2014

    OK so that is what the once mighty NASA has been reduced to in launching rocket powered metal beach balls, when once it sent men to the moon and we had a fleet of space shuttles. While we now have to depend on the Russians who we beat in the space to ferry our Astronaunts back and forth to the international space station. Nice not impressed.

  2. johnspe-retired
    johnspe-retired May 28, 2014

    I concur with 32214531. Thanks to this Administration, the Russians WILL colonize the moon and NASA will be sucking their thumbs.

  3. killconsole
    killconsole May 28, 2014

    Your country didn't really win the space race since russia had: 1957: First intercontinental ballistic missile, the R-7 Semyorka 1957: First satellite, Sputnik 1 1957: First animal in Earth orbit, the dog Laika on Sputnik 2 1959: First rocket ignition in Earth orbit, first man-made object to escape Earth's gravity, Luna 1 1959: First data communications, or telemetry, to and from outer space, Luna 1. 1959: First man-made object to pass near the Moon, first man-made object in Heliocentric orbit, Luna 1 1959: First probe to impact the Moon, Luna 2 1959: First images of the moon's far side, Luna 3 1960: First animals to safely return from Earth orbit, the dogs Belka and Strelka on Sputnik 5. 1961: First probe launched to Venus, Venera 1 1961: First person in space (International definition) and in Earth orbit, Yuri Gagarin on Vostok 1, Vostok programme 1961: First person to spend over 24 hours in space Gherman Titov, Vostok 2 (also first person to sleep in space). 1962: First dual manned spaceflight, Vostok 3 and Vostok 4 1962: First probe launched to Mars, Mars 1 1963: First woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova, Vostok 6 1964: First multi-person crew (3), Voskhod 1 1965: First extra

  4. cplmartinez
    cplmartinez May 28, 2014

    Men on the moon was the mission! Number one there...first...numero uno...numer eins....один...ichiban, foreign man...numero un...do I need to say more? I think you get it Mr. or Mrs. First Looser!

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