“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Fairmont in Marion County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)


National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NASA Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bradley Owen, June 20, 2021
1. NASA Marker
At this site in 1993 the NASA's IV&V Program was established as part of an Agency-wide strategy to provide the highest achievable levels of safety and cost-effectiveness for mission critical software.

Independent Verification and Validation
NASA's IV&V Program was founded under the NASA Office of Safety and Mission Assurance (OSMA) as a direct result of recommendations made by the National Research Council (NRC) and the Report of the Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident.

This NIKE-ORION Sounding Rocket was launched from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility located on the coast of Virginia.

Sounding Rockets are Sub-Orbital rockets that carry payloads above the Earth's atmosphere for a period of 15 minutes.

This rocket is comprised of two solid fueled rocket motors and a payload section. Utilizing these two motors, the rocket can reach altitudes between 90km and 190km carrying a payload capacity between 65kg and 204kg.

Experiments conducted using sounding rockets provide a variety of information on the upper atmosphere, the Sun, stars,
NIKE-ORION Sounding Rocket image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bradley Owen, June 20, 2021
2. NIKE-ORION Sounding Rocket
National Environmental Scientific Computing Center (NESCC) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather satellites can be seen on the horizon.
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galaxies and other planets.

The rocket was donated by the Wallops Flight Facility to the NASA IV&V facility in 2003
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Air & Space. A significant historical year for this entry is 1993.
Location. 39° 25.85′ N, 80° 11.786′ W. Marker is near Fairmont, West Virginia, in Marion County. Marker is at the intersection of Nasa Boulevard and Galiher Drive, on the right when traveling south on Nasa Boulevard. The marker stands in front of the NASA Katherine Johnson Independent Verification & Validation Facility. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 University Dr, Fairmont WV 26554, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Captain James Booth (approx. half a mile away); Original Saint Anthony Church Bell (approx. 2.1 miles away); Monongah Heroine (approx. 2.2 miles away); Italian-American Immigrants Memorial Bell (approx. 2.2 miles away); Monongah Disaster (approx. 2.2 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.3 miles away); a different marker also named Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.6 miles away); Boothsville (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fairmont.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 20, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. This page has been viewed 102 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 20, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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