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to the December issue of the AOPA AV8RS newsletter filled with information, expertise and hands-on resources to literally make your dreams take flight. Enjoy!
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Five Harvard University students launched the hamburger into space on Oct. 27, and their YouTube video of the feat has gone viral. The hamburger reached nearly 100,000 feet before the balloon that was taking it upward popped and sent the sandwich plummeting back down to Earth.
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Drew Gryder knew you had to be 16 to solo an airplane. And he figured that happened a stroke after midnight.So he sat strapped in his single-engine Cessna 150, positioned on the centerline of a 3,700-foot runway, as he waited for the clock to strike 12. Waiting with him to his right and left were two more Cessna planes, piloted by his father and flight instructor, Dan Gryder, and friend, Scotty Collins.
What would you be thinking as you stood on the edge of a pressurized capsule, pulled 24 miles high by a 40-acre helium-filled balloon, ready to jump back to Earth?Felix Baumgartner said he wasn’t thinking about breaking records or gaining scientific data. “The only thing you want is to come back alive because you do not want to die in front of your parents, your girlfriend and all the people watching this,” he said after his Oct. 14 jump.
Tyler Hoppe says he got hooked on aviation on his first commercial flight. But that feeling of flight is what has kept his interest soaring.“Whenever I leave the ground, I get this rush and amazing feeling,” said the 17-year-old from Cocoa, Fla. “I just love the view looking down.”Tyler said he joined AOPA AV8RS because he wanted to share his passion of flight with other like-minded teens. “In this town, I’m seriously like the only kid who loves aviation,” he says. AV8RS has shown him he’s not the only “aviation nut” in high school.
You can tame wild horses or even feral cats. But astronauts living on the International Space Station have one up on you. Expedition 33 crew members grappled a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft and attached it to the orbiting space station on Oct. 8, causing Commander Sunita Williams to remark, "Looks like we’ve tamed the Dragon."
NASA’s Curiosity rover is literally digging up dirt and finding information that is helping to unlock mysteries of the Red Planet.Since arriving on Mars in August 2012, the car-sized rover has taken significant steps toward understanding how Mars may have lost much of its original atmosphere. (The present atmosphere of Mars is 100 times thinner than Earth’s.) Learning what happened to the Martian atmosphere will help scientists determine whether the planet ever was habitable.
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You need more than a T-shirt with the back cut off to show the world that you completed your solo flight. At least that’s the premise behind NFlightcam.The company customizes high-definition Contour video cameras for aviation use, and it launched a program that allows student pilots to record their initial solo flights free on Nflightcam.
NASA’s SkyWatch website lets you know when a spacecraft will be flying over you. The NASA "applet" uses up-to-the-minute data from Mission Control to project the path the spacecraft will make across the sky.
NASA’s interactive website has features on rocket science, spacesuits, green living, the Orion research aircraft and more.
The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum’s America by Air website includes activities, stories, news and more from the early years of aviation to the jet age.
This PBS/NOVA website answers what the earth sounds like when radiation from the Van Allen belts is converted into sound waves.
If you’re pursing an education in aviation, you'll want to check out the FAA’s list of available scholarships and grants.
If you have a homework assignment concerning Mars, this is the place to start. Contains quick facts, why Mars is an extreme planet, pop culture about the Red Planet, and much more.
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Contributing Writer: Barbara A. Schmitz
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