Most Well-known Space Missions In Photos

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The final space shuttle Atlantis landing on 21 July marked the sunset of NASA's 30-year space shuttle program. From the first victory of space science on April 12, 1961 by Yuri Gagarin’s two-hour Vostok 1 flight, a range of space missions ever flown leaving some unimaginable discoveries. Let’s review the most well-known space missions during a 50-year history.

 

Yuri Gagarin and Vostok 1

Being an international celebrity as the first human being to journey into outer space, Yuri Gagarin gained many medals and honors, including Hero of the Soviet Union, the nation's highest honors. His first and only spaceflight on April 12, 1961 came into the history of Russia in particular and of all over the world in general, opened a new horizon in the development of space research. Along with Yuri Gagarin, Vostok 1 which was designed to carry a single cosmonaut was known worldwide for the first human spaceflight in history as well as the first orbital flight of a manned vehicle. That space mission was launched by the Soviet space program, and was designed by Soviet engineers guided by Sergey Korolyov under military supervision of Kerim Kerimov and others.


The first victory of space science was Yuri Gagarin’s two-hour Vostok 1 flight on April 12, 1961

The first victory of space science was Yuri Gagarin’s two-hour Vostok 1 flight on April 12, 1961

 

Neil Armstrong


American Neil Armstrong marked the first step by human on the moon on 20thJuly 1969. He described the Moon surface like powdered charcoal and the landing craft left a crater about a foot deep

American Neil Armstrong marked the first step by human on the moon on 20th July 1969. The famous astronaut described the Moon surface like powdered charcoal and the landing craft left a crater about a foot deep

 

Apollo 13


The Apollo 13 mission planned as a lunar landing mission was launched on April 11, 1970 from Kennedy Space Center

The Apollo 13 mission planned as a lunar landing mission was launched on April 11, 1970 from Kennedy Space Center

 

First STS Mission


STS-1 was the first space shuttle program launched on April 12, 1981 and returned to Earth on 14 April. It traveled 1.074 million miles and orbited the Earth 37 times during its 54.5-hour mission.

STS-1 was the first space shuttle program launched on April 12, 1981 and returned to Earth on 14 April. It traveled 1,074 million miles and orbited the Earth 37 times during its 54.5-hour mission

 

Challenger Disaster


The accident on January 28, 1986 of challenger space shuttle crushes NASA’s axis. Challenger broke 73 seconds after its liftoff, causing the deaths of all 7 crew members

The accident on January 28, 1986 of challenger space shuttle crushes NASA’s axis. Challenger broke 73 seconds after its liftoff, causing the deaths of all 7 crew members

 

Hubble mission


Hubble Space Telescope, one of the largest and most versatile was released in 1990. This is a useful instrument for scientists due to enormous details of our universe and has even helped them to calculate by which rate our universe is expanding

Hubble Space Telescope, one of the largest and most versatile was released in 1990. This is a useful instrument for scientists due to enormous details of our universe and has even helped them to calculate by which rate our universe is expanding

 

ISS Launch


ISS or International Space Station, an internationally-developed research facility began in 1998 and last month, the final space mission landed, marking the end of NASA's 30-year space shuttle program

ISS or International Space Station, an internationally-developed research facility began in 1998 and last month, the final space mission landed, marking the end of NASA's 30-year space shuttle program

 

Columbia Crash


The Space Shuttle Columbia was crashed immediately before it was scheduled to conclude its 28th mission on February 1, 2003, killing all seven crew members

The Space Shuttle Columbia was crashed immediately before it was scheduled to conclude its 28th mission on February 1, 2003, killing all seven crew members

 

Last Discovery Mission


The final landing during STS-133 of Discovery mission was carried out successfully on March 9, 2011. Discovery was NASA's Orbiter Fleet leader, having flown 39 successful missions in over 27 years of service

The final landing during STS-133 of Discovery mission was carried out successfully on March 9, 2011. Discovery was NASA's Orbiter Fleet leader, having flown 39 successful missions in over 27 years of service

 

Most Well-known Space Missions: Last Discovery Mission

 

Last STS (Atlantis) Mission


An estimated one million people was provided a chance of witnessing the historical moment of the last Space shuttle Atlantis landing at Kennedy Space Center on July 21, 2011 after 30 years making the history

An estimated one million people was provided a chance of witnessing the historical moment of the last Space shuttle Atlantis landing at Kennedy Space Center on July 21, 2011 after 30 years making the history

 

Most Well-known Space Missions: Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster

 

Related links:

Five Facts About Gagarin's Space Mission

Stunning Images of Final Space Shuttle Atlantis’s Launch

Final Space Shuttle Atlantis’s Landing: Pictures and Video

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This article was published on 2011/08/03