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Space Shuttle Endeavour
at California Science Center
Space Shuttle, on an HP 9845, from its demo program.
The 9845 system was an amazing piece of hardware, built on state-of-the-art technology and combining the usability of a desktop calculator with the performance and flexibility of a 16-bit minicomputer system. The 9845 system was one of the first systems using a CRT display with graphics capabilities, and it was highly expandable. The flagship of the series, the 9845C, was one of the first color workstations ever. The 9845 series was a wonder of micro-electronics. The 9845A with all of its options included 36 NMOS LSI chips, 19 MSI chips and 75 NMOS ROM chips, and this was the bottom line of the family.
via Prosthetic Knowledge:
A computer released in 1981 with colour graphics capabilities (and was used for the film War Games).
The shuttle’s wrap was intended to shield it from dust and debris while its exhibit was constructed.
Fluorescent light isn’t going away and when designed properly it can create amazing effects light this one for the space shuttle Enterprise exhibit.
'space shuttle ops'
The Space Shuttle Columbia and its seven member crew were lost 10 years ago, on February 1, 2003.
- The space shuttle orbiter Columbia is launched for the first space transportation system test mission, 04/12/1981
- Flowers and homemade signs are placed at the front gate of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ames Research Center at Moffett Federal Airfield (MFA), Mountain View, California (CA) in a spontaneous memorial for the Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-107) astronauts.
- The remains of an American Astronaut are carried by the Barksdale Air Force Base (AFB), Louisiana (LA) Honor Guard to a waiting C-141 Starlifter for transfer to Dover AFB, Delaware (DE).
The STS-119 crew captured these dramatic images of the International Space Station on March 19, 2009 as Discovery flew around the orbiting complex after undocking.
27 years ago today, one of the most tragic events in the history of the United States space program occurred. The Space Shuttle Challenger, on what would have been its 10th mission to space, broke apart 73 seconds after takeoff, ending the mission and the lives of all 7 crew members aboard. But what exactly caused the space shuttle to explode?
The Challenger Space Shuttle (NASA Orbiter Vehicle Designation OV-099) went on nine successful space flight missions before the disaster that occurred on January 28, 1986. A little over one minute after takeoff, the shuttle began breaking apart. The issues compounded, and eventually the spacecraft reached complete structural failure and crashed.
While several variables ultimately led to the disaster, the originating cause is believed to be due to an o-ring on the right solid-fuel booster. Such o-rings are used to form seals between the various fuel compartments on the boosters. The failure of such an o-ring and the volatility of the fuels surrounding it caused fire to erupt at incorrect places, causing more failures on the Challenger. More fires erupted and explosions occurred, eventually causing the spacecraft to change course in its upward flight. At mach 1.92, it is essential that the space shuttle fly at the proper angle to handle the aerodynamic forces being undertaken. Unfortunately, the correct angle was eventually lost, causing the Challenger to ultimately and catastrophically break apart.
Image Credit: NASA