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STS-99
Left to right - Front: Mohri, Thiele; Back: Voss, Kregel, Gorie, Kavandi Space Shuttle
Space Shuttle
program← STS-103 STS-101 → STS-99
STS-99
was a Space Shuttle
Space Shuttle
mission using Endeavour, that launched on 11 February 2000 from Kennedy Space Center, Florida. The primary objective of the mission was the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) project. This was also the last solo flight of Endeavour; all future flights for Endeavour became devoted to the International Space Station.Contents1 Crew 2 Mission highlights 3 Wake-up calls 4 See also 5 References 6 External linksCrew[edit]Position AstronautCommander Kevin R. Kregel Fourth spaceflightPilot Dominic L. Pudwill Gorie Second spaceflightMission Specialist 1 Gerhard P.J. Thiele Only spaceflightMission Specialist 2 Janet L. Kavandi Second spaceflightMission Specialist 3 Janice E
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NASA
The National Aeronautics
Aeronautics
and Space Administration ( NASA
NASA
/ˈnæsə/) is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research.[note 1] President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Dwight D. Eisenhower
established NASA
NASA
in 1958[10] with a distinctly civilian (rather than military) orientation encouraging peaceful applications in space science
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Smithsonian Networks
Smithsonian Networks is a joint venture between CBS Corporation's Showtime Networks, Inc. and the Smithsonian Institution. The service consists of Smithsonian Channel, Smithsonian On Demand, and smithsonianchannel.com. The network’s content is inspired by the Smithsonian Institution’s museums, research facilities and magazines. It features original non-fiction programming that covers a wide range of historical, scientific and cultural subjects. It is also available from On Demand in both high definition and standard definition. As of February 2015, approximately 33.6 million American households (28.9% of those with television) receive Smithsonian Channel.[1]Contents1 Programming 2 Carriage 3 Controversy 4 Related 5 References 6 External linksProgramming[edit] The Smithsonian Channel
Smithsonian Channel
features a wide array of programming covering science, nature, culture, history, air and spacecraft, and documentaries
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Germany
Coordinates: 51°N 9°E / 51°N 9°E / 51; 9Federal Republic
Republic
of Germany Bundesrepublik Deutschland (German)[a]FlagCoat of armsMotto:  "Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit" (de facto) "Unity and Justice and Freedom"Anthem: "Deutschlandlied" (third verse only)[b] "Song of Germany"Location of  Germany  (dark green) – in Europe  (green & dark grey) – in the European Union  (green)Location of
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Japan
Coordinates: 35°N 136°E / 35°N 136°E / 35; 136Japan 日本国 Nippon-koku or Nihon-kokuFlagImperial SealAnthem: "Kimigayo" 君が代"His Imperial Majesty's Reign"[2][3] Government
Government
Seal of JapanGo-Shichi no Kiri (五七桐)Area controlled by Japan
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National Space Development Agency Of Japan
Development or developing may refer to:Contents1 Land use 2 Arts and entertainment 3 Mathematics, science, and technology3.1 Biology and medicine 3.2 Social sciences 3.3 Other uses in mathematics, science, and technology4 In business and industry 5 International and regional development 6 Other uses 7 See alsoLand use[edit]Land development Green development, a concept that includes consideration of community-wide or regional environmental implications Land development
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Earth
Earth
Earth
is the third planet from the Sun
Sun
and the only object in the Universe
Universe
known to harbor life. According to radiometric dating and other sources of evidence, Earth
Earth
formed over 4.5 billion years ago.[24][25][26] Earth's gravity interacts with other objects in space, especially the Sun
Sun
and the Moon, Earth's only natural satellite. Earth
Earth
revolves around the Sun
Sun
in 365.26 days, a period known as an Earth
Earth
year
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60th Parallel North
The 60th parallel north
60th parallel north
is a circle of latitude that is 60 degrees north of Earth's equator. It crosses Europe, Asia, the Pacific Ocean, North America, and the Atlantic Ocean. Although it lies approximately twice as far away from the Equator
Equator
as from the North Pole, the 60th parallel is half as long as the Equator line
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56th Parallel South
The 56th parallel south
56th parallel south
is a circle of latitude that is 56 degrees south of the Earth's equatorial plane
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Jet Propulsion Laboratory
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
(JPL) is a federally funded research and development center and NASA
NASA
field center in Pasadena, California,[1] United States, with large portions of the campus in La Cañada Flintridge, California. The JPL is owned by NASA
NASA
and managed by the nearby California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for NASA. The laboratory's primary function is the construction and operation of planetary robotic spacecraft, though it also conducts Earth-orbit and astronomy missions
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Compact Disc
Compact disc
Compact disc
(CD) is a digital optical disc data storage format that was co-developed by Philips
Philips
and Sony
Sony
and released in 1982. The format was originally developed to store and play only sound recordings but was later adapted for storage of data (CD-ROM). Several other formats were further derived from these, including write-once audio and data storage (CD-R), rewritable media (CD-RW), Video Compact Disc (VCD), Super Video Compact Disc (SVCD), Photo CD, PictureCD, CD-i, and Enhanced Music CD. The first commercially available Audio CD player, the Sony
Sony
CDP-101, was released October 1982 in Japan. Standard CDs have a diameter of 120 millimetres (4.7 in) and can hold up to about 80 minutes of uncompressed audio or about 700  MiB of data
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Middle School
A middle school (also known as intermediate school or junior high school) is an educational stage which exists in some countries, providing education between primary school and secondary school
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Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji
(富士山, Fujisan, IPA: [ɸɯꜜdʑisaɴ] ( listen)), located on Honshu Island, is the highest mountain in Japan
Japan
at 3,776.24 m (12,389 ft) and 7th-highest mountain on an island.[1] It is an active stratovolcano that last erupted in 1707–1708.[4][5] Mount Fuji lies about 100 kilometres (60 mi) south-west of Tokyo, and can be seen from there on a clear day. Mount Fuji's exceptionally symmetrical cone, which is snow-capped for about 5 months a year, is a well-known symbol of Japan
Japan
and it is frequently depicted in art and photographs, as well as visited by sightseers and climbers.[6] Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji
is one of Japan's "Three Holy Mountains" (三霊山, Sanreizan) along with Mount Tate
Mount Tate
and Mount Haku
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Astronaut Ranks And Positions
Astronauts hold a variety of ranks and positions, and each of these roles carries responsibilities that are essential to the operation of a spacecraft. A spacecraft's cockpit, filled with sophisticated equipment, requires skills differing from those used to manage the scientific equipment on board, and so on.Contents1 NASA ranks and positions1.1 Ranks 1.2 Positions2 RKA ranks and positions2.1 Ranks 2.2 Positions3 International space station positions 4 See also 5 References 6 External linksNASA ranks and positions[edit] Ranks[edit] Members of the NASA Astronaut
Astronaut
Corps hold one of two ranks. Astronaut Candidate is the rank of those training to be NASA astronauts. Upon graduation, candidates are promoted to Astronaut
Astronaut
and receive their Astronaut
Astronaut
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Gemini Program
2:Gemini 8 Gemini 9ALaunch site(s) Cape Kennedy Air Force Station LC-19Vehicle informationVehicle type CapsuleCrew vehicle GeminiCrew capacity 2Launch vehicle(s) Titan II
Titan II
GLV Atlas-Agena
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Apollo 15
1 in cislunar space Plus 4 on the lunar surfaceEVA duration39 minutes, 7 seconds Spacewalk
Spacewalk
to retrieve film cassettesStart of missionLaunch date July 26, 1971, 13:34:00.6 (1971-07-26UTC13:34Z) UTCRocket Saturn V
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