Super Guppy

The physical limitations of railroad tunnels, narrow roads, low bridges, and power lines make overland shipment of oversized cargo extremely problematic, if not impossible. NASA’s Super Guppy offers a practical and economical solution to these problems.

The Aero Spacelines Super Guppy (SG) is a large, wide-bodied cargo aircraft that is used for hauling outsized cargo components. It is the replacement for the Pregnant Guppy.

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Arecibo Observatory

The observatory is used for radio astronomy (listening for radio signals), radar astronomy (imaging inner Solar System asteroids etc.) and atmospheric science.

The Arecibo Observatory was built in 1963 by the U.S. Air Force under the initiative of Professor William Gordon in the Department of Electrical Engineering and his colleagues at Cornell. The initial funding was for the ARPA (United States Department of Defense (DoD) Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) missile defense program.

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Travis S. Taylor

Travis Shane Taylor was born in Decatur, Alabama on July 24, 1968. His father, Charles Taylor, worked for Wyle Laboratories, as a machinist, who subcontracted with NASA in the 1960s building America’s first satellites with Wernher von Braun. At 17, Travis built a radio telescope that won the state science fair, placing 6th in the nation.

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Amy Shira Teitel

Amy Shira Teitel (born in Toronto, lives in Pasadena with her cat Pete Conrad) has had a lifelong passion for spaceflight, her second grade project was on Venus and since then hasn’t stopped accumulating knowledge on the Apollo program and all of Space history.

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Jupiter

The gas giant, Jupiter, is an extreme planet with turbulent weather, magnetic fields and mega storms. NASA sent Juno on a 4 year, 10 month, 28 day trip to expand on the data we knew of this spectacular planet. The Lockheed Martin Juno space probe left Earth atop the Atlas V (AV-029) using a Russian built RD-180 main engine (powered by kerosene and liquid oxygen) and 5 solid rocket boosters.

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