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Friday, August 3, 2007

Two question on Space matter

1.How much does it cost to ferry the Shuttle from Edwards Air Force Base, California to the Shuttle Landing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida?

$ 750 thousand to $1 million dollars. I’ve seen both figures quoted. Crazy Quote: 'I do not think it is at all probable that aeronautics will ever come into play as a serious modification of transport and communication.' H.G. Wells (early science fiction author), 1902.

airstrip on the Cape Canaveral Air Force station, used as an auxiliary landing field during the early space program, was originally called the Skid Strip. How did the name Skid Strip originate?

It was constructed at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in the early 1950's as a landing site for pilotless jet-powered Snark and Navaho winged cruise missiles some of which made remotely controlled landings by sliding (skidding) in on the runway (They had skids as landing gear.)

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