Apollo 13's Unsung Heroes Receive First GlobalSpec Great Moments in Engineering Award; NASA's Crew Systems Division of 1970 honored.TROY, N.Y. -- The team of NASA NASA: see National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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Independent U.S. engineers whose ingenious, ad hoc For this purpose. Meaning "to this" in Latin, it refers to dealing with special situations as they occur rather than functions that are repeated on a regular basis. See ad hoc query and ad hoc mode. air scrubbers sustained lives aboard the Apollo 13 spacecraft as it limped home received the first GlobalSpec Great Moments in Engineering award today, marking the 35th anniversary of their unsung heroism. E[acute accent acute accent
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c. ]Award recipients were veteran and retired employees of NASA's Crew Systems Division of 1970, who, after the explosion aboard Apollo 13, had only hours to conceive, fabricate, test and debug To correct a problem in hardware or software. Debugging software means locating the errors in the source code (the program logic). Debugging hardware means finding errors in the circuit design (logical circuits) or in the physical interconnections of the circuits. the makeshift system, then devise in-flight assembly procedures for the crew. The Division has never been singled out and honored for its achievement. E[acute accent]Robert E. "Ed" Smylie, retired chief of the Crew Systems Division, accepted the award on behalf of his fellow employees. E[acute accent]"This award and the event it recognizes epitomizes the Crew Systems Division's history of rising to challenges," Smylie said. "(Challenges) that required immediate time critical response as well as those that require sustained effort over months or years." E[acute accent]The first-ever outer space construction project enabled the Aquarius lunar module to work in "lifeboat" mode throughout most of the 142-hour flight. If the small team of engineers had not been able to design, construct and fully test the modified system in time, the three astronauts would have survived in the tiny Aquarius for only about 36 hours. They would have died of carbon dioxide carbon dioxide, chemical compound, CO2, a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that is about one and one-half times as dense as air under ordinary conditions of temperature and pressure. poisoning soon thereafter and two full days before the return trip could be completed. E[acute accent]On hand to extend their thanks were Fred Haise Fred Wallace Haise, Jr.born November 14 1933 is a former NASA astronaut.
Haise was born in Biloxi, Mississippi. He attended Biloxi High School and Perkinston Junior College now called Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. , Jr., Apollo 13's lunar module pilot, and T.K. Mattingly, Apollo 16's command module pilot. E[acute accent]"The issue involving carbon dioxide on that flight was a show stopper Show stopper
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A legal barrier to a takeover attempt that is virtually impossible for the suitor to overcome. for us," said Haise. "But Crew Systems Division found a way to fix it. That's why I'm able to be here today and thank them." E[acute accent]Mattingly, who was originally slated to fly on Apollo 13, contributed ideas for test versions of the modified lithium hydroxide Lithium hydroxide (LiOH) is a corrosive alkali hydroxide. It is a white hygroscopic crystalline material. It is soluble in water, and slightly soluble in ethanol. It is available commercially in anhydrous form, or as the monohydrate. canister. The crude-looking device was conceived and a mock-up mock·up also mock-up
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predawn adj. hours of April 14, 1970, as the crisis unfolded in space and engineering teams on the ground struggled to ensure that the crew could return alive after the aborted mission. E[acute accent]"Crew Systems division is being honored today not only for their great achievement during Apollo 13. But in my mind also because American astronauts never had a suit failure during all of our missions," Mattingly said. E[acute accent]GlobalSpec, the leading specialized search engine See vertical search engine. for the engineering community, was host to a breakfast and award ceremony on Tuesday, April 19, at Space Center Houston Space Center Houston, located in Houston, Texas, is the official visitors center of the Johnson Space Center. Space hardware
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