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Rosenthal, Venture into Space, SP-4301, pp. ) ETYMOLOGY. 22 From the ancient Greek myth of Jason’s travels aboard the Ariel ship Argo (named for its builder, Argus) in search of the Golden Fleece (Bulfinch, Mythology, p. 108). Ariane. Name for a series of European civilian launch vehicles developed under the auspices of the European Space Agency (ESA). It was originally proposed by the French Space Agency after the failure of the Europa launch vehicle, was approved in 1973, and first flew in 1979.
Grissom, Edward H. White II, and Roger B. Chaffee, the planned mission was given the name Apollo 1 even though it had not been launched. ” Manned Spacecraft Center Deputy Director George M. Low had urged consideration of the request from the astronauts’ widows that the designation Apollo 1, used by the astronauts publicly and included on their insignia, be retained. NASA Headquarters, Office of Manned Space Flight, therefore recommended the new numbering, and the NASA Project Designation Committee announced its approval on April 3, 1967.
In 1974 NASA was working with the Naval Research Laboratory, Sandia Laboratories, and West Germany to develop a new sounding rocket, the Aries, using surplus second stages from the Department of Defense Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile. The rocket, which had flown three test flights by December 1974, would lift larger payloads for longer flight times than other rockets in astronomy, physics, and space-processing research projects. Aries was flown by NASA until the early 1990s, and the military used Aries as a target launch vehicle for ABM missiles through the end of 2004.
A Dictionary of the Space Age by Paul Dickson