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For an excellent source about Astronomy get Astronomy Magazine or log onto www.astronomy.com

For an excellent history of the Space Shuttle try DK publishings Hard Back "Space Shuttle The first 20 Years" www.dk.com


All gravitational realities from your every waking moment on earth are shattered giving you with a peaceful feeling that leaves you wanting for more. Of course, the initial order of business for the students was to conduct their experiments and record the data collected during these 30 second intervals of zero-g. In between the parabolas, you also quickly learned to plant or at least aim your feet at the ground as gravity not only returned but doubled to 2g’s as the plane dipped down at the bottom of the preceding parabola and thundered back up at a 45 degree angle. The speed and the parabolic trajectory of the plane has also given it the nick name over the years of the "Vomit Comet." All students are required to have two plastic bags in their front left and right pockets of their flight suit just in case. Fortunately, we were given appropriate medicine to counter these affects and our plane only had 1 "Kill" on it. While I might be able to describe the "weightless wonder" as this plane is also known, it’s best to see video and photos of the whole event.

Astronaut Briefing notes:

We had the opportunity to speak with Astronauts about their job at NASA such as Colonel Mike Fink also known by his flight name "Spanky." "Spanky" graduated with an undergraduate degree from MIT and a graduate degree from Stanford.

U. How many astronauts are in the corps?

A. 146 (93 have had flight experience)

Quick Shuttle facts:

    9 minutes into orbit and 45 for reentry 113 space shuttle flights 650 astronauts 2.5 million parts Triple redundancy on every onboard system

U. How is it working with the Russians?

A. It’s a marriage, some days we love them and other days it’s frustrating.

U. How important is military experience in Astronaut selection?

A. 50% are military 50% scientists

U. Is going to Mars justified?

1. Don’t have all of your eggs in one basket Colonize another planet in the event of a meteor wipeout
2. Life could be on Mars
3. Continuation of our aeronautic and engineering Science
4. Continuation of human exploration
5. New scientific breakthroughs