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Reconstruction of the Apollo Mission Budget

Dreier used official NASA budget submissions to Congress and internal documentation describing appropriations for facilities and overhead expenses during FY 1961 to 1973 as the basis of his reconstruction of Apollo costs, then adjusted them for inflation using two inflation indices tailored specifically for aerospace projects. Exploring the costs involved in beating Soviet spacecraft to […]

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The Computer Power That Made the Apollo Mission Possible

No doubt modern smartphones are far more powerful than the computers used on Apollo missions, yet such comparisons underplay the amazing technology employed by NASA during these missions to get us there. MIT-designed Apollo Guidance Computer was crashproof, operating according to a hierarchical system which allocated energy based on program importance; this allowed energy distribution

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The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (X-37B) is Gearing Up For Its Seventh Mission

Since its debut launch in 2010, the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle has spent more than 224 days in space – becoming one of the only unmanned spaceplanes used by the Pentagon. As its presence has raised suspicion, including allegations that it’s being used to spy on Chinese space station residents or interfere with satellites in

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The Apollo 11 Mission

Armstrong and Aldrin departed their lunar module (LM) from the command/service module (CSM), then used explosive charges to separate it from both. Finally, using a guillotine, they severed an umbilical connecting their LM to an instrument unit and detach it completely from it. The Spacecraft Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin aboard Apollo 11, aboard their

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