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Remembering Robert Willard Farquhar

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Robert Willard Farquhar Mission Designer, Flight Director, Deep-Space Navigator 1932–2015 Known for devising innovative and intricate spacecraft trajectories, and for his whole-hearted dedication to robotic space exploration, Robert “Bob” Farquhar left a strong impression on the American space program. His career in aerospace began in the late 1950s, at the dawn of the age of   …Continue Reading

Remembering Frank E. Petersen Jr.

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Frank E. Petersen Jr. 1932–2015 First black U.S. Marine Corps pilot The first black Marine Corps pilot and general officer, Frank E. Petersen Jr. died on August 25 at the age of 83. Born in racially segregated Topeka, Kansas, Petersen decided to join the Navy at age 18 after hearing about the Korean War combat   …Continue Reading

Remembering Marat N. Tishchenko

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Marat N. Tishchenko Helicopter Designer 1931–2015 Marat Tishchenko developed helicopters that have affected the course of international affairs around the globe for five decades. He oversaw development for the most prolific designs to emerge from the Soviet Union’s Mil design bureau, and succeeded Mikhail Mil as the bureau’s chief designer in 1970. His greatest achievement   …Continue Reading

Remembering Milton W. Rosen

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Milton W. Rosen Pioneering Rocket Engineer 1915–2014 Milton Rosen was a pioneer of American rocketry development. He helped put America in space as a leading figure in developing the Viking sounding rocket and the Vanguard satellite launch vehicle (both can be seen in the exhibition Space Race, Gallery 114, at the Museum in Washington, DC). In   …Continue Reading

A New High Altitude Jump

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On April 1, 2014, the National Air and Space Museum opened an exhibition featuring the pressurized Red Bull Stratos gondola that carried Felix Baumgartner to a record altitude of 39,045 meters (128,100 feet) over Roswell, New Mexico, and the pressure suit and parachute that protected him during the long fall back to Earth. Not long   …Continue Reading