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The Time Machine
Star Trek Cast Visits Rockwell in Palmdale with Shuttle Enterprise in Background 1976
InSight — Studying the 'Inner Space'
“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.
“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
Below- Mars - Earth Comparison
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
NASA's InSight about to land on the surface of Mars
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
Days of Future Past (below)
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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Space Shuttle RS-25 Main Engine
STS-131 Discovery SSME Installation.
These are the Space Shuttle Main Engines
also known as Aerojet Rocketdyne SR-25.
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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