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-"The Epic of Gilgamesh" third millennium BC


  • NASA JPL In 2003, NASA plans to launch a relative of the now-famous 1997 Mars Pathfinder rover. Using drop, bounce and roll technology, this larger cousin is expected to reach the surface of the red planet in January 2004 and begin the longest journey of scientific exploration ever undertaken across the surface of that alien world. Find out information about this and more here.
  • Smithsonian Air and Space Museum The Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum (NASM) maintains the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world. It is also a vital center for research into the history, science, and technology of aviation and space flight. Located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the Museum has hundreds of artifacts on display including the original Wright 1903 Flyer, the "Spirit of St. Louis," Apollo 11 command module, and a Lunar rock sample that visitors can touch. The museum continues to develop new exhibits to examine the impact of air and space technology on science and society.
  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center THE MISSION of the Goddard Space Flight Center is to expand knowledge of the Earth and its environment, the solar system and the universe through observations from space. To assure that our nation maintains leadership in this endeavor, we are committed to excellence in scientific investigation, in the development and operation of space systems and in the advancement of essential technologies. In pursuit of this challenge, the Center will: Conduct a preeminent program of research in the space and Earth science disciplines using measurements from space complemented by suborbital, ground-based and laboratory measurements and by theoretical investigations; Develop and operate a broad spectrum of flight missions that are responsive to the needs of the science community; Provide and operate spaceflight tracking and data acquisition networks; Develop innovative technology and instruments critical to the success of our mission; Develop and maintain advanced information systems for the display, analysis, archiving and distribution of space and Earth science data; and Develop National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite systems that provide environmental data for forecasting and research.
  • NASA Johnson Space Center JSC was established in September 1961 as NASA's primary center for design, development testing of spacecraft and associated systems for human flight, selection and training of astronauts, planning and conducting human space flight missions, and extensive participation in the medical, engineering scientific experiments carried aboard space flights. Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center is adjacent to Clear Lake at 2101 NASA Road 1, about 20 miles southeast of downtown Houston via Interstate 45. Maps to Johnson Space Center are available online. Additional facilities are located at nearby Ellington Field, seven miles north of the center.
  • The Space Shuttle This NASA site has information on Shuttle Basics: Learn about the various components that make up the space shuttle. Space Shuttle Reference Manual: This technical guide provides in-depth information of the Shuttle program. Shuttle Statistics: Excerpts of the flight data book are provided in PDF format. Shuttle Operational Data Book: Vehicle schematics are provided in PDF format. Links to Related Sites: A list of informative NASA and Shuttle related websites. Walking to Olympus: An EVA Chronology An online PDF (3.5M) chronicle of EVAs conducted since the dawn of the space age. It also contains detailed information about every STS mission ever flown and all future mission scheduled plus much much more.


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