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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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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)

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

Corbis-42-30201182 Filming on location at North American Aviations 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.jpg
The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.
— 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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