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Aerospace Legacy Foundation (ALF) is a community based non-profit organization (501c3) including aerospace retirees and the public at large. Preserving Southern California's Aerospace and Aviation History including Downey's aerospace legacy.

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Star Trek Cast Visits Rockwell in Palmdale with Shuttle Enterprise in Background 1976

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  Above- The Los Angeles Times Fri Sep 17 1976    Part of the crew of the television series Star Trek attend the first showing of America's first Space Shuttle, named Enterprise, in Palmdale, California, on September 17, 1976. From left are Leonard Nimoy, George Takei, DeForest Kelly and James Doohan

Above- The Los Angeles Times Fri Sep 17 1976

Part of the crew of the television series Star Trek attend the first showing of America's first Space Shuttle, named Enterprise, in Palmdale, California, on September 17, 1976. From left are Leonard Nimoy, George Takei, DeForest Kelly and James Doohan

InSight — Studying the 'Inner Space'

of Mars

  “Artist’s rendition showing the inner structure of Mars. The topmost layer is known as the crust, underneath it is the mantle, which rests on a solid inner core”.   Image- NASA- JPL- Caltech

“Artist’s rendition showing the inner structure of Mars. The topmost layer is known as the crust, underneath it is the mantle, which rests on a solid inner core”.

Image- NASA-JPL-Caltech

“InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is a Mars lander designed to give the Red Planet its first thorough checkup since it formed 4.5 billion years ago. It is the first outer space robotic explorer to study in-depth the "inner space" of Mars: its crust, mantle, and core.” More here

 

Below- An artist's rendering of the twin Mars Cube One (MarCO) spacecraft as they fly through deep space.

An artist's rendering of the twin Mars Cube One (MarCO) spacecraft as they fly through deep space..jpg

“The MarCOs will be the first CubeSats -- a kind of modular, mini-satellite -- attempting to fly to another planet. They're designed to fly along behind NASA's InSight lander on its cruise to Mars. If they make the journey, they will test a relay of data about InSight's entry, descent and landing back to Earth. Though InSight's mission will not depend on the success of the MarCOs, they will be a test of how CubeSats can be used in deep space.

The MarCO and InSight projects are managed for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, by JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena.” More

  Grand Finale: Cassini in the Gap (Illustration)

Grand Finale: Cassini in the Gap (Illustration)

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Images - NASA

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Image- NASA

Literature

Booking It with Mars

Well before the 20th century, Mars found its way into the human imagination through fiction. In Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift's fictitious astronomers study the moons of Mars more than one hundred years before an American astronomer actually discovered them. In a more sinister view of the Red Planet, H.G. Wells painted a picture of horror when Martians invade Earth in The War of the Worlds.

In the last century, the allure of our solar neighbor took greater hold. Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote a series of novels, known as the Martian Tales, whose hero is transported to Mars and adapts to Martian culture. In The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury depicts the dark side of human nature when explorers from Earth land on Mars. In the 1960s, author Robert Heinlein told the story of a man who was the sole survivor of the first human mission to Mars. After being raised by Martians, the hero of Stranger in a Strange Land returns to Earth and adapts to human ways.” From “All About Mars” NASA

Quick Facts About Mars

Detailed Facts About Mars




NASA's InSight about to land on the surface of Mars

  InSight Moments Away From Landing, Top View (Illustration). NASA

InSight Moments Away From Landing, Top View (Illustration). NASA

Above- This is an illustration showing a simulated view of NASA's InSight about to land on the surface of Mars. This view shows the top of the spacecraft.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of Caltech in Pasadena, California, manages the InSight Project for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Lockheed Martin Space, Denver, Colorado built the spacecraft. InSight is part of NASA's Discovery Program, which is managed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

For more information about the mission, go to https://mars.nasa.gov/insight.

Below- Artist's Concept of InSight Traveling to Mars

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Below- Filming on location at North American Aviation's Space Division in Downey, Cal. on June 4, 1965, producers of I Dream of Jeannie, a new TV series, prepare to walk a man in space on camera. Image- Corbis

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— Sir Winston Churchill
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Space Shuttle RS-25 Main Engine

  Space Shuttle RS-25 main engine.  Credit NASA photo by Jim Grossman

Space Shuttle RS-25 main engine. Credit NASA photo by Jim Grossman

STS-131 Discovery SSME Installation.

  STS-131 Discovery SSME Installation.  Source: Wiki

STS-131 Discovery SSME Installation. Source: Wiki

These are the Space Shuttle Main Engines

also known as Aerojet Rocketdyne SR-25.

  These are the Space Shuttle Main Engines, also known as Aerojet Rocketdyne SR-25.

These are the Space Shuttle Main Engines, also known as Aerojet Rocketdyne SR-25.

  Designing the Vultee XP-54 in Downey, California, 1943.  (Image- Convair 70-419, SDASM 03587).  “The XP-54 was designed with a    pusher       engine    in the aft part of the fuselage. The tail was mounted rearward between two mid-wing booms, with the 12-ft propeller between them. “  Wiki

Designing the Vultee XP-54 in Downey, California, 1943. (Image- Convair 70-419, SDASM 03587). “The XP-54 was designed with a pusher engine in the aft part of the fuselage. The tail was mounted rearward between two mid-wing booms, with the 12-ft propeller between them. “ Wiki

  Aerial view of the Vultee Aircraft Company in 1936 expanding the former Emsco Aircraft plant, built in 1929, by industrialist E,M. Smith. Downey, CA. Cerritos Ave. (Lakewood Blvd.) passes the plant in this early image. Alameda School can be seen in the upper right.

Aerial view of the Vultee Aircraft Company in 1936 expanding the former Emsco Aircraft plant, built in 1929, by industrialist E,M. Smith. Downey, CA. Cerritos Ave. (Lakewood Blvd.) passes the plant in this early image. Alameda School can be seen in the upper right.

  Security National Aircraft leased the former Emsco plant in 1932-1933. Image- USC

Security National Aircraft leased the former Emsco plant in 1932-1933. Image- USC

The Emsco Building (above) was built in 1929 by Los Angeles Industrialist E.M. Smith. The Rotunda and Kaufmann Wing (below) were built about ten years later for Vultee Aircraft who moved into the plant in 1936. Much of this video explores the former North American Aviation buildings including Building 001, 290 and the DEI Room. Our guide in the video is Jerry Blackburn, worked for Boeing 35+ years. Later ALF President.


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 B-21 Raider? Image- Nationalinterest .org

B-21 Raider? Image- Nationalinterest .org

 

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