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Apollo 11 - flight dynamics diagram

Redstone Misslie on display in Grand Central Station. July 7 1957. (Credit: Chrysler Corporation and US Army)


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Crew of Space Shuttle Columbia STS-107. From left to right: Brown, Husband, Clark, Chawla, Anderson, McCool, Ramon. On February 1, 2003, Columbia disintegrated over Texas and Louisiana as it reentered Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven crew members.

Space Shuttle Challenger. On its tenth mission it broke up 73 seconds after launch, killing all on board. The shuttles were grounded for two and a half years.

Space Shuttle Challenger - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Challenger flight 51-l crew. Back row (L-R): Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, Judith Resnik. Front row (L-R): Michael J. Smith, Francis "Dick" Scobee, Ronald McNair. Challenger broke up 73 seconds after launch on January 28, 1986. There were no survivors.

STS-51-L - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

▶ Destination: Moon - YouTube. Published on 19 Jan 2015. This 8-minute film gives an overview of the past, present, and future of Moon exploration, from the Lunar cataclysm to ESA’s vision of what Lunar exploration could be. Why is the Moon important for science? What resources does the Moon have? Is there water? Why should we go back and how will we do it?

Destination: Moon

Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space, inside Vostok 6, 16th June 1963.

Apollo 17 commander Eugene Cernan with the lunar rover in December 1972, in the moon's Taurus-Littrow valley. (Credit: NASA)

Humans Last Landed On The Moon 42 Years Ago Today

Orange soil (from volcanic glass beads) is clearly visible in this image from Apollo 17. (Credit: NASA)

Humans Last Landed On The Moon 42 Years Ago Today

Apollo 17's lunar rover, flag and part of the lunar module in this view taken out the module's window. (Credit: NASA)

Humans Last Landed On The Moon 42 Years Ago Today

US Space Team's Up Goer Five. Diagram of the Saturn V rocket and spacecraft, explained using only the thousand most commonly-used words. (Credit: XKCD)

xkcd: Up Goer Five

Every Ship That Has Carried Humans Into Space, In One Chart (Credit: Heaney555)

Every Ship That Has Carried Humans Into Space, In One Chart

▶ Astronaut Chris Hadfield and Chef David Chang Test Gourmet Space Food. Jamie and Adam chat with astronaut Chris Hadfield about the limitations of food preparation on board the International Space Station. While astronauts can't really cook their own meals, Jamie and Adam of Mythbusters challenge celebrated chef David Chang with the task of devising a recipe that Commander Hadfield can space! Mona Evans, "Thanksgiving in Space" www.bellaonline.c...

Mars-500 infographic. This Russian scientific project was created to obtain experimental data on the health of astronauts and their capacity for work in conditions of prolonged isolation.

The Russian scientific project Mars-500

Sunrise at the Soyuz Launch Pad. The sun rises as the Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft is rolled out by train to the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Sept. 23, 2014. It carried Expedition 41 Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev and Flight Engineer Elena Serova of Roscosmos, and Flight Engineer Barry Wilmore of NASA to the International Space Station. Image Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky

Sunrise at the Soyuz Launch Pad

Periodic variation in the Earth-mars distance. This is an important factor in planning a manned Mars expedition. (Image credit: Sandegud)

Manned mission to Mars - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

▶ First Orbit - the movie. On April 12, 1961 Yuri Gagarin saw what no human had ever seen before: the Earth from space. "First Orbit" allows you to imagine that you are making the historic voyage. Film shot from the International Space Station creates the views, but you'll also have Philip Sheppard's music. Mona Evans, "First Orbit - Film Review" www.bellaonline.c...

An interesting infographic about John Glenn. He wasn't the first American in space - or even the first American human in space! But he was the first American to orbit the Earth. Glenn was preceded by Soviet cosmonauts Yuri Gagarin and Gherman Titov.

Mars One mission infographic. If you wanted to go to Mars and not come back, they're not accepting any more applications. But the infographic explains the plan. It might make you think that you'd prefer to pass on this anyhow. You can learn more about space flight in Mary Roach's book "Packing for Mars". This review will tell you about it: www.bellaonline.c...

ISS infographic - Happy 15th Birthday. The first International Space Station component, the Russian Zarya module, was launched 15 years ago today, on November 20, 1998. Since then, a consortium of 15 different nations have constructed a world-class orbiting laboratory, with a continual human presence onboard since 2000. Construction was considered officially complete in 2011, but new modules are still planned.

Apollo moon landing sites.

Tranquility Base. (Credit: LRO, NASA) Neil Armstrong & Buzz Aldrin landed here on 20 July 1969. LRO found the lunar module and equipment that Aldrin had put out, such as the reflector (LRRR) for bouncing laser beams to measure the distance to the Moon. A faint trail in the lunar dust marked Armstrong's path to a nearby crater called Little West. Ian Ridpath, "Exploring the Apollo Landing Sites", www.bellaonline.c...

Aldrin putting out such as the lunar ranging retro reflector (LRRR) for bouncing laser beams to measure the distance to the Moon, and the passive seismic experiment (PSE) for detecting Moonquakes. Ian Ridpath, "Exploring the Apollo Landing Sites", www.bellaonline.c...

Apollo 12 tracks. (Photo: LRO, NASA) Tracks made by Pete Conrad and Alan Bean as they walked from their lunar module Intrepid, finally circling the crater rim to the dormant Surveyor 3, an old unmanned probe. They snipped off the Surveyor's camera and brought it back to Earth. Ian Ridpath, "Exploring the Apollo Landing Sites", www.bellaonline.c...