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.
OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer) is a NASA asteroid study spacecraft. It’s mission is to collect at least 60 grams of material from the near-earth asteroid 101955 Bennu and return it to Earth.
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.
The video below shows a speed comparison of spacecraft and spaceships from TV series, Movies, Games, and NASA, which means all real and fictional spaceships.
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.