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According to Wikipedia, they're all related: Project Vanguard launched Vanguard satellites on Vanguard rockets, but only 3 of 11 launches succeeded. The US Naval Research Lab that ran the project doesn't have much to say about it.


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SLS major work locations: Alabama- Testing & upper stage, engineering design Mississippi- Testing Utah- Solid rocket motor Florida- Launch pad updates Louisiana- Core booster, Orion California- Main engines Colorado- Engineering for upper stage, Orion So far as I can tell, it seems like these are where the major contracts are, although I don't doubt ...


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Some early rocket programs: Mercury Gemini Saturn Apollo Atlas Thor Juno Athena Jupiter There's a definite naming pattern...


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From a pre-launch press release for Apollo 11: Among the many missions conceived at that time was a manned journey to the Moon and back. Dr. Silverstein himself named it "Apollo" after one of the most versatile of the Greek gods. Dr. Silverstein recalls he chose the name after perusing a book of mythology at home one evening, early in 1960. He ...


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There's currently a single Google1 hit for that phrase2, so I strongly suspect this is a backronym the author thought was clever. It might be worth checking the reference given around this information "Battin, R. H., An Introduction to the Mathematics and Methods of Astrodynamics, American Insitute of Aeronautics and Astrodynamics,1987."3 -- ...


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