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XCOR will provide engineering design and testing support to help Alliant Techsystems develop a heavyweight prototype version of a 7,500-pound thrust liquid oxygen/methane engine that NASA's Crew Exploration Vehicle could use for maneuvering in space or blasting off from the moon.
The mechanism unfolds so quickly that the pollen experiences 800 times the gravitational force that an astronaut does blasting off in the space shuttle.
Blasting off on May 6, 2004, Space Day is designed to use space-related activities, such as building models of Mars Rovers and meeting NASA astronauts, to motivate teens to go into careers in science, technology, engineering and math.