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Alan Bean

Alan LaVern Bean was an American naval officer and aviator, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, NASA astronaut. He was selected to become an astronaut by NASA in 1963 as part of Astronaut Group 3, he made his first flight into space aboard Apollo 12, the second crewed mission to land on the Moon, at age 37 in November 1969. He made his second and final flight into space on the Skylab 3 mission in 1973, the second crewed mission to the Skylab space station. After retiring from the United States Navy in 1975 and NASA in 1981, he pursued his interest in painting, depicting various space-related scenes and documenting his own experiences in space as well as those of his fellow Apollo program astronauts, he was the last living crew member of Apollo 12. Bean was born March 15, 1932, in Wheeler, the seat of Wheeler County in the northeastern Texas Panhandle, he considered Fort Worth his hometown. He was of Scottish descent; as a boy, he lived in Minden, the seat of Webster Parish in northwestern Louisiana, where his father worked for the U.

S. Soil Conservation Service. Bean was a Boy Scout and he earned the rank of First Class, he graduated from R. L. Paschal High School in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1950. Bean received a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1955, where he joined the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Bean was commissioned a U. S. Navy ensign through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps at UT Austin, attended flight training. After completing flight training, he was assigned to Attack Squadron 44 at NAS Jacksonville, from 1956 to 1960, flying the F9F Cougar and A4D Skyhawk. After a four-year tour of duty, he attended the U. S. Naval Test Pilot School at NAS Patuxent River, where his instructor was his future Apollo 12 Commander, Pete Conrad. Bean took classes at St. Mary's College of Maryland during this tour, flew as a test pilot on several types of naval aircraft. Following his assignment at USNTPS, he was assigned to Navy Attack Squadron VA-172 at NAS Cecil Field, flying the A-4 Skyhawk from 1962 to 1963, during which time he was selected as a NASA astronaut.

Bean logged more than 7,145 hours including 4,890 hours in jet aircraft. Bean was selected by NASA as part of Astronaut Group 3 in 1963, he was selected to be the backup command pilot for Gemini 10, but was unsuccessful in securing an early Apollo flight assignment. He was placed in the Apollo Applications Program in the interim. In that capacity, he was the first astronaut to dive in the Neutral Buoyancy Simulator and a champion of the process for astronaut training; when fellow astronaut Clifton Williams was killed in an air crash, a space was opened for Bean on the backup crew for Apollo 9. Apollo 12 Commander Conrad, who had instructed Bean at the Naval Flight Test School years before requested Bean to replace Williams. Bean was the Apollo Lunar Module pilot on the second lunar landing. In November 1969, Bean and Pete Conrad landed on the Moon's Ocean of Storms—after a flight of 250,000 miles and a launch that included a harrowing lightning strike, he was the astronaut who executed John Aaron's "Flight, try SCE to'Aux'" instruction to restore telemetry after the spacecraft was struck by lightning 36 seconds after launch, thus salvaging the mission.

They explored the lunar surface, deployed several lunar surface experiments, installed the first nuclear power generator station on the Moon to provide the power source. Dick Gordon remained in lunar orbit. Bean had planned on using a self-timer for his Hasselblad camera to take a photograph of both Pete Conrad and himself while on the lunar surface near the Surveyor III spacecraft, he was hoping to record a good photo, to confuse the mission scientists as to how the photo could have been taken. However, neither he nor Conrad could locate the timer in the tool carrier tote bag while at the Surveyor III site, thus lost the opportunity. After finding the self-timer unit at the end of the EVA, when it was too late to use, he threw it as far as he could, his paintings of what this photo would have looked like and one of his fruitless search for the timer are included in his collection of Apollo paintings. Bean's suit is on display in the National Space Museum. Bean was the spacecraft commander of Skylab 3, the second crewed mission to Skylab, from July 29 to September 25, 1973.

With him on the mission were scientist-astronaut Owen Garriott and Marine Corps Colonel Jack R. Lousma. Bean and his crew were on Skylab for 59 days, during which time they covered a world-record-setting 24.4 million miles. During the mission, Bean tested a prototype of the Manned Maneuvering Unit and performed one spacewalk outside the Skylab; the crew of Skylab 3 accomplished 150% of its mission goals. On his next assignment, Bean was the backup spacecraft commander of the United States flight crew for the joint American-Russian Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. Bean retired from the Navy in October 1975 as a captain, continued as head of the Astronaut Candidate Operations and Training Group within the Astronaut Office in a civilian capacity. Bean logged 1,671 hours and 45 minutes in space, of which 10 hours and 26 minutes were spent in EVAs on the Moon and in Earth orbit. Bean resigned from NASA in June 1981 to devote his time to painting, he said his decision was based on that, in his 18 years as an astronaut, he was fortunate enough to visit worlds and see sights no artist's eye, past or present, has viewed firsthand and he hoped to express these experiences thro

Gamba, Gabon

For the musical instrument, see viola da gambaGamba is a small town in Gabon lying on the southern bay of the Ndogo Lagoon. The area was populated by gatherer-hunter-fishermen autochthons scattered in small villages around the Ndogo Lagoon and the Yenzi Lake. With the discovery in 1967 of a major oil field by Shell in the area, the town boomed and immigration of workers from various other parts of the country resulted in the population today of about 8000 people. Though production from the Gamba field is now only a fraction of what it once was, Gamba remains an important and strategic oil hub, being one of only two oil terminals in Gabon (the other one being Cape Lopez. Most people live in the heart of the town, divided into five blocks called “Plaines”, while most senior Shell staff live in Yenzi, half a dozen miles away from the heart of the city near the airport and the oil terminal. Balumbu people are known to be the autochthons of the region though the Punu and Fang people are now the majority ethnic groups present.

The name Gamba stands for fog in Vili because of the foggy weather during the dry season. Gamba attracts many tourists from all over the world because of its remarkable biodiversity, the proximity of Sette Cama and the Loango National Park; as a result of all that activity, life in Gamba is expensive, the ongoing economic crisis makes things more difficult for residents. Schools include: École Yenzi-Shell-Gabon

Bring Me Some Water

"Bring Me Some Water" is a 1988 Melissa Etheridge song, released as her debut single. Melissa Etheridge wrote the song after the initial version of her debut album was rejected by the recording company, which left her only four days to provide new material and a modified edition of the album. At the time, she was residing in Los Angeles while her girlfriend, lived elsewhere, so Etheridge had reluctantly agreed to make theirs a non-monogamous relationship; the song tells about the pain and jealousy arising from thoughts of her lover being intimate with someone else. There are many metaphors in the lyrics describing her emotional state, principally the chorus line: "Somebody bring me some water – can't you see I'm burning alive." Many other songs on the album deal with the same subject. Musically, "Bring Me Some Water" is a classic rock song with some blues themes. During an interview featured on the bonus DVD of Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled, Etheridge says: "I remember sitting in my living room and I loved the blues.

I am of the rock'n' roll school where it comes from the rhythm and blues based music, so there was this kind of beat that I wanted." Furthermore, she states that, of all the songs she has written, "Bring Me Some Water" is the one with the highest recognition value and that wherever she plays the song in the world, everybody at her concerts knows the song after the first seconds of the intro. Etheridge has collaborated with contemporary pop musicians on two notable recorded-live television performances of this song: Joan Osborne, who appeared as one of several guest artists on the inaugural 22 November 1995 episode of the VH1 Duets series. Bring Me Some Water was remade by American blues artist Koko Taylor and recorded on her 2000 album, Royal Blue; the song did not chart on the US Billboard Hot 100 but was a hit on the Album Rock Tracks chart where it reached No. 10. The single was successful in the Canadian and Australian single charts. All songs written by Melissa Etheridge. "Bring Me Some Water" – 3:52 "Occasionally" – 2:36 Melissa Etheridge – acoustic guitar, vocals Wally Badaroukeyboard Craig Krampfpercussion, drums Kevin McCormickbass Johnny Lee Schell – guitar Scott Thurston – keyboard Waddy Wachtel – guitar Producers: Melissa Etheridge, Niko Bolas, Craig Krampf, Kevin McCormick Executive producers: Chris Blackwell, Rob Fraboni Engineers: Allan Blazek, Jim Nipar Assistant engineer: David Kane Mixing assistants: Duane Seykora, Bob Vogt Mastering: Stephen Marcussen Arrangers: Melissa Etheridge, Craig Krampf Photography: George DuBose Cover design: Tony Wright Melissa Etheridge and Laura Morton: The truth is...

Random House 2002 Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled bonus DVD Bring Me Some Water at Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

Hugh Fraser Stewart

Hugh Fraser Stewart was a British academic and literary critic. He was the second son of Ludovic Charles Stewart, an army surgeon and son of Ludovick Stewart of Pityvaich, Emma Ray or Rae, he was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge from 1883, where he graduated B. A. in 1886. He taught as an assistant master at Marlborough College, from 1889 to 1895, as housemaster of C1 from 1893, he was ordained in 1894, was vice-principal of Salisbury Theological College, from 1895 to 1899. He became chaplain of Trinity College for a year. Stewart was elected a Fellow and became Dean of St John's College, Cambridge, in 1907. A meeting at H. M. Chadwick's house in 1916, with Stewart and Arthur Quiller-Couch, was significant in the launching of the Cambridge English Tripos. Stewart moved to Trinity College in 1918. In 1919 Stewart became a Fellow of Eton College, in 1922 Reader in French. Close to Paul Desjardins, whom he met through Jacques Raverat in 1913, Stewart took part at the meetings of the Décades de Pontigny.

On 23 May 1936 Hugh and Jessie Stewart took T. S. Eliot to Little Gidding, a visit, proposed a decade earlier by Jessie. Eliot's interest had been aroused by a play he had been given to read by George Every, dealing with the contact Charles I of England had had with the Little Gidding community in 1646. Stewart wrote on French literature, translated the works of Blaise Pascal, on whom he was considered an authority, his works included: Boethius: an essay Thirteen Homilies of St. Augustine on St. John XIV Invocation of Saints Memoir of J. E. B. Mayor, in a collection he edited of sermons of John Eyton Bickersteth Mayor; the Holiness of Pascal, Hulsean Lectures Francis Jenkinson, Fellow of Trinity College Cambridge and University Librarian. Jenkinson's second wife was Stewart's sister Margaret. Translations from the Pensées: The Secret of Pascal Pascal's Apology for Religion The Heart of Pascal The Classical Movement in French Literature, The Romantic Movement and The French Romanticists were anthologies that Stewart edited with Arthur Tilley.

French Patriotism in the Nineteenth Century, traced in contemporary texts was edited with Paul Desjardins. Stewart married in daughter of William Graham Crum of Renfrewshire, they had five children: Ludovick Drumin.

Oxometrical society

The Oxometrical Society was founded in 1942 by engineers at the University of Sydney. A plaque of Oxometrical Society was erected in the University of Sydney in recognition of the society. A society of the same name exists in London; the symbol of the society is a bull. In 1944 the Oxometrical Society of Sydney University awarded the degree of Doctor to Ern Malley for having shown himself a notable producer of oxoplasm. Music critic Neville Cardus, whose address on the ‘Oxometrical Aspects of Moronology’ was made a doctor and received the Order of the Golden Horn by the society. Ronald N. Bracewell was the President of the Oxometrical Society while working in the Engineering Department of the University of Sydney. In 1996 Sandy Halley submitted a thesis to become the first female member accepted into the Oxometrical Society


USS LST-926 was an LST-542-class tank landing ship in the United States Navy. Like many of her class, she is properly referred to by her hull designation. LST-926 was laid down on 13 May 1944, at Massachusetts, by the Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard. During World War II, LST-926 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater, she took part in the Lingayen Gulf landings in January 1945, the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in April and June 1945. The morning after the Japanese surrender on 15 August, crewmen found the cockpit of a Yokosuka D4Y aircraft that had launched an unsuccessful kamikaze attack. Japanese Admiral Matome Ugaki was one of the three bodies inside. All three were buried on a nearby beach. After the war, she performed occupation duty in the Far East until late March 1946; the ship was decommissioned on 14 June 1946, struck from the Navy list on 31 July, that same year. On 13 June 1948, the tank landing ship was sold to the Walter W. Johnson Co. for scrapping. LST-926 earned two battle star for World War II service.

Photo gallery of USS LST-926 at NavSource Naval History