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How NASA’s Mars Helicopter came into being

 

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – The NASA Mars Helicopter is riding to the Red Planet this summer with NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover. The helicopter’s chief engineer, Bob Balaram, shares the saga of how it came into being.

Even before this interviewer can finish the question, “Did anyone ever tell you this was a crazy idea?” Bob Balaram jumps in: “Everyone. All the time.”

This “crazy idea” is the Mars Helicopter, currently at Kennedy Space Center waiting to hitch a ride to the Red Planet on the Mars Perseverance rover this summer.

Mars Helicopter's chief engineer Bob Balaram and the Mars Helicopter on a test stand. The technology demonstration will ride aboard NASA's Perseverance rover to the Red Planet. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Mars Helicopter’s chief engineer Bob Balaram and the Mars Helicopter on a test stand. The technology demonstration will ride aboard NASA’s Perseverance rover to the Red Planet. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

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NASA Lunar Lander Thrusters hold up to Over 60 Hot-Fire Tests

 

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationHuntsville, AL – Future NASA Artemis lunar landers could use next-generation thrusters, the small rocket engines used to make alterations in a spacecraft’s flight path or altitude, to enter lunar orbit and descend to the surface. Before the engines make the trip to the Moon, helping deliver new science instruments and technology demonstrations, they’re being tested here on Earth.

NASA and Frontier Aerospace of Simi Valley, California, performed roughly 60 hot-fire tests on two thruster prototypes over the course of 10 days.

NASA and Frontier Aerospace are developing next-generation thrusters for use on Astrobotic's Peregrine lunar lander. In March 2020, thruster prototypes performed over 60 hot-fire tests in a vacuum chamber. (Frontier Aerospace)

NASA and Frontier Aerospace are developing next-generation thrusters for use on Astrobotic’s Peregrine lunar lander. In March 2020, thruster prototypes performed over 60 hot-fire tests in a vacuum chamber. (Frontier Aerospace)

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APSU Gov Danielle Liermann named to Softball America’s All-American Second Team

 

APSU SoftballDurham, NC – Austin Peay State University (APSU) softball’s Danielle Liermann, who recently wrapped up her senior season, was among those named to Softball America’s inaugural All-American teams, Wednesday, earning second-team honors at third base.

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APSU Softball has Record-Setting Three Players named to NFCA Central Region Third Team

 

APSU SoftballLouisville, KY – On Thursday, May 16th, the Austin Peay State University softball team made history one again placing a program-best three players on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Central Region’s Third Team.

Austin Peay Softball's Danielle Liermann, Morgan Rackel, and Lexi Osowski named to National Fastpitch Coaches Association Central Region's Third Team. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Softball’s Danielle Liermann, Morgan Rackel, and Lexi Osowski named to National Fastpitch Coaches Association Central Region’s Third Team. (APSU Sports Information)

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APSU Softball’s Danielle Liermann names OVC Player of the Week

 

APSU SoftballBrentwood, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU) softball senior infielder Danielle Liermann continues to make history for the  program, being selected as the Ohio Valley Conference Softball Player of the Week for a school-record fourth time in her career, as announced by the conference office Monday afternoon.

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APSU Softball’s Danielle Liermann earns three Player of the Week honors

 

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APSU SoftballClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s (APSU) Danielle Liermann added two more weekly honors to her selection as this week’s Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week by being named both the collegesportsmadness.com Player of the Week for the OVC and the Tennessee Sports Writers Collegiate Player of the Week.

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Instant Peay Play: APSU’s Danielle Liermann’s biggest play this season may come off the Softball Field

 

Instant Peay Play - APSU SportsClarksville, TN – Senior third baseman Danielle Liermann has been a cornerstone of the Austin Peay State University (APSU) softball program for the past three seasons, and the 2019 season had been no exception with the Simi Valley, CA, native currently leading the team in batting average (.375), home runs (8) and RBIs (20).

But Liermann maybe making her biggest play of her career in the next week as she steps away from the softball field and into the hospital to be a possible bone-marrow donor for her mother, Robin.

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NASA Lucy Spacecraft to navigate to Jupiter’s Trojan Asteroids

 

Written by Tamsyn Brann
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationGreenbelt, MD – In science fiction, NASA says explorers can hop in futuristic spaceships and traverse half the galaxy in the blink of a plot hole. However, this sidelines the navigational acrobatics required in order to guarantee real-life mission success.

In 2021, the feat of navigation that is the Lucy mission will launch. To steer Lucy towards its targets doesn’t simply involve programming a map into a spacecraft and giving it gas money – it will fly by six asteroid targets, each in different orbits, over the course of 12 years.

This diagram illustrates Lucy's orbital path. The spacecraft’s path (green) is shown in a frame of reference where Jupiter remains stationary, giving the trajectory its pretzel-like shape. After launch in October 2021, Lucy has two close Earth flybys before encountering its Trojan targets. In the L4 cloud Lucy will fly by (3548) Eurybates (white), (15094) Polymele (pink), (11351) Leucus (red), and (21900) Orus (red) from 2027-2028. After diving past Earth again Lucy will visit the L5 cloud and encounter the (617) Patroclus-Menoetius binary (pink) in 2033. (Southwest Research Institute)

This diagram illustrates Lucy’s orbital path. The spacecraft’s path (green) is shown in a frame of reference where Jupiter remains stationary, giving the trajectory its pretzel-like shape. After launch in October 2021, Lucy has two close Earth flybys before encountering its Trojan targets. In the L4 cloud Lucy will fly by (3548) Eurybates (white), (15094) Polymele (pink), (11351) Leucus (red), and (21900) Orus (red) from 2027-2028. After diving past Earth again Lucy will visit the L5 cloud and encounter the (617) Patroclus-Menoetius binary (pink) in 2033. (Southwest Research Institute)

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APSU Softball receives record Six OVC All-Conference selections

 

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APSU SoftballOxford, AL – Austin Peay State University’s Morgan Rackel and Bailey Shorter took home two of the Ohio Valley Conference’s top honors for softball to lead APSU’s record six All-Conference selections, as announced at the OVC Championship Awards Banquet, Tuesday night.

Austin Peay Softball's (L to R) Natalie Schilling, Kacy Acree, Bailey Shorter, Morgan Rackel, Kelly Mardones, and Danielle Liermann receive OVC All Conference Honors. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Softball’s (L to R) Natalie Schilling, Kacy Acree, Bailey Shorter, Morgan Rackel, Kelly Mardones, and Danielle Liermann receive OVC All Conference Honors. (APSU Sports Information)

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Instant Peay Play: APSU Softball’s Danielle Liermann could be having best season in program’s history

 

Instant Peay Play - APSU SportsClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University has had several outstanding hitters go through its softball program, over its 33-year history, but the current year at the plate that third baseman Danielle Liermann is having this spring may be the best season by any player to ever wear the Red and White.

Liermann, a junior from Simi Valley, CA, is batting .410 this season for the Govs (26-11, 8-2 OVC), after the April 8th sweep of fellow Ohio Valley Conference member Tennessee Martin, with eight doubles, 15 home runs and 44 RBIs.

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