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Motions in nearby galaxy cluster reveal presence of hidden superstructure
Gravity Probe B mission begins collecting science to test Einstein's theory
For release: 03/21/02
Satellite release #: 02-062
Attention: Early Morning Producer
Thursday, March 28, 6-10 a.m. EST
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They lift up the Space Shuttle: New main engines to give astronauts safer and more reliable ride on next mission
- For the first time three new engines will be working together for a safer, more reliable journey when Space Shuttle Atlantis lifts off April 4 for the STS-110 mission.
- NASA’s new Space Shuttle engines feature improved turbopumps, stronger shafts, better disks and new glass bearings.
- The new turbopump isn’t much larger than an automobile engine, yet generates 360 times the horsepower.
- Space Shuttle main engines consume 1,000 gallons of fuel every second during the trip to space.
- They shut off just before the Shuttle reaches orbit 17,000 miles in space. They operate at temperatures ranging from a frigid minus 423 degrees Fahrenheit to an iron-boiling 6,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Talk to an expert about the new engines and what they mean for the nation’s space program.
||George Hopson, Manager,
Space Shuttle Main Engine Project
Marshall Space Flight Center
|GE-2, Transponder 9C,
85 degrees west longitude,
Frequency: 3880 MHz, audio: 6.8 MHz.
Dave Drachlis, Media Relations
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