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(Starting with "K")



By NASA,
Program Manager: David Herring,
Responsible NASA official: Dr. Michael D. King,
U.S.A.

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  Kelvin The standard unit of thermodynamic temperature. It is defined as 1/273.16 of the temperature of the triple point of water above absolute zero. The symbol for this is K. Kelvin is measured by the same temperature steps as Celsius but is shifted downwards so that 0 degrees K is absolute zero; water freezes at 273 K and boils at 373 K.
   
  Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Located near Cape Canaveral, Florida, KSC is NASA's primary launch site. The Center handles the preparation, integration, checkout, and launch of space vehicles and their payloads. All piloted space missions since the Mercury program have been launched from here, including Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, and Space Shuttle flights. KSC is the Shuttle's home port, where orbiters are serviced and outfitted between missions, and then assembled into a complete Shuttle 'stack' before launch. The Center also manages the testing and launch of unpiloted space vehicles from an array of launch complexes, and conducts research programs in areas of life sciences related to human spaceflight. KSC Web Site
   
  kilobit 1024 bits. Also represented as Kb.
   
  kilometer (km) Metric unit of distance equal to 3,280.8 feet or .621 statute miles.
   
  knot Unit of speed of one nautical mile (6,076.1 feet) an hour.
   
  Ku-band Radar and microwave band in which the wavelengths vary from 1.67-2.4 cm.




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