Apollo 1 Memorial Ceremony: A night to reflect and remember

The 45th Space Wing hosted the 46th annual Apollo 1 Memorial Ceremony, Jan. 27 held at Launch Complex 34 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The event honored three former space pioneers, Apollo 1 crew members, Command Pilot Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Senior Pilot Edward H. White and Pilot Roger B. Chaffee, who were killed by a flash fire during a launch pad test of their Saturn 1B rocket, Jan. 27, 1967.

Grissom's wife, Betty Grissom, was in attendance at the event. During the ceremony, she was recognized for the sacrifices she made during Gus Grissom's career. She has attended the ceremony every year since the tragedy.
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Keep health, safety during Super Bowl celebration

It's that time of the year again when families and friends celebrate an American national "holiday" Feb. 3, filled with merriment and food - the Super Bowl.

Though this year's celebration will pit Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers, fans of the losing teams will still take this opportunity to watch the biggest American sporting event.

As the second largest day for food consumption after Thanksgiving, it is essential for people to take health and safety into consideration, especially when hosting a party, preparing food or going out for a celebration.
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Tracking and Data Relay Satellite Launches

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket streaks away from Space Launch Complex 41 into the night sky over Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, carrying NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-K, TDRS-K, to orbit. The TDRS-K spacecraft is part of the next-generation series in the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System, a constellation of space-based communication satellites providing tracking, telemetry, command and high-bandwidth data return services. Photo credit: NASA/Glenn Benson

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45th Space Wing recognizes CivMil Person of the Year at annual banquet

Leaders from the 45th Space Wing hosted local community leaders at the annual commander's Civilian Military Community Relations Council Banquet, Saturday at the Tides.
 
During the banquet, Dave Spain was named CivMil Person of the Year.

Mr. Spain was recognized for his continued support of CivMil and the military community since 1979.

"Anytime he has the opportunity to help people, he does everything in his power to help," said Don Beck, CivMil administrator. "His support for the military community hasn't wavered at all, and he continuously goes above and beyond. This year was no different."
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Testing adhesives for solar cells

Samples for a test campaign evaluating a new European cover glass adhesive for solar cells. The adhesive is placed between a glass 'sandwich' and subjected to a long duration space simulation, up to 10 000 hours long, to check for darkening due to radiation degradation. Such darkening would result in a loss of light transmission leading to a reduced power output.

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Herschel Finds Star Possibly Making Planets Past Its Prime

A star thought to have passed the age at which it can form planets may in fact be creating new worlds. The disk of material surrounding the surprising star called TW Hydrae may be massive enough to make even more planets than we have in our own solar system.

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