Friday, September 19, 2014

Tonight's Sky for September 19: NASA Recovers its NERV (1960)

On this date in 1960, NASA successfully recovered the Nuclear Emulsion Recovery Vehicle (NERV), which provided vital practice for tracking and recovering a manned space capsule, which is something that NASA would be doing within a year. Obviously, if one is going to launch an astronaut, tracking the return capsule and picking up the astronaut is vitally important. With NERV, NASA launched a capsule over 1,200 miles into the air and 1,300 miles downrange and promptly recovered the vehicle. At the time, this was a new record.

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