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Apollo 15
Space History

Apollo 15

Apollo 15 launched from Cape Canaveral on July 26, 1971 as the first Apollo J mission capable of staying longer on the Moon and greater surface mobility due to the inclusion of the Lunar Rover.
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Apollo 11
Space History

Apollo 11

Apollo 11 was the first spaceflight that landed humans on the lunar surface, with the crew consisting of Commander Neil Armstrong, Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin, and Command Module Pilot Michael...
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Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
Space History

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) is a robotic orbiter operated by NASA that is currently mapping the Moon. Data collected by LRO has essential in planning future human and robotic missions to...
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Gemini 9A
Space History

Gemini 9A

Gemini 9A was a crewed spaceflight in NASA's Gemini program that took place from June 3–6, 1966.
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Gemini 4
Space History

Gemini 4

Gemini IV was the second crewed spaceflight in the Gemini Project. The mission's highlight was the first American spacewalk completed by Ed White when he free-floated outside the spacecraft while...
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Surveyor 1
Space History

Surveyor 1

Surveyor 1 was the first uncrewed lunar soft-lander in the NASA Surveyor program. It gathered data about the lunar surface that was needed for the upcoming Apollo Moon landings
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Apollo 10
Space History

Apollo 10

Apollo 10 launched on May 18, 1969, making it the fourth crewed Apollo program mission and the second crewed mission to orbit the Moon.
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Mercury-Atlas 9
Space History

Mercury-Atlas 9

Mercury-Atlas 9 was the final mission of the Mercury program. The spacecraft, named Faith 7, was piloted by astronaut Gordon Cooper and completed 22 Earth orbits before splashing down in the Pacific...
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Mercury Redstone 3
Space History

Mercury Redstone 3

On May 5, 1961, Mercury-Redstone 3 became the first United States human spaceflight. It was the first crewed flight of the Mercury program, piloted by astronaut Alan Shepard.
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Ulysses Space Probe
Space History

Ulysses Space Probe

Ulysses was the robotic space probe sent to orbit and study the Sun at all latitudes that launched on October 6, 1990, and made three "fast latitude scans" of the Sun.
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Hubble Space Telescope
Space History

Hubble Space Telescope

The Hubble Space Telescope was launched into low Earth orbit in 1990 and remains operational 30 years later. The Hubble Space Telescope has contributed to record-setting amounts of scientific...
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Apollo 16
Space History

Apollo 16

Apollo 16 was the fifth crewed and penultimate mission to land on the Moon and the first mission to land in the lunar highlands. The second of Apollo's "J missions" was crewed by Commander John...
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Apollo 13
Space History

Apollo 13

Apollo 13 was the nearly disastrous seventh crewed Apollo space program mission launched on April 11, 1970. It was meant to be the third Moon landing, but an abort occurred after an oxygen tank...
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Apollo 6
Space History

Apollo 6

Apollo 6 was the second A-type mission of the United States Apollo program, which launched on April 4, 1968. Apollo 6 was an uncrewed test of the Saturn V launch vehicle and the final uncrewed Apollo...
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Gemini 3
Space History

Gemini 3

Gemini 3 was the first crewed mission as part of NASA's Gemini program. Astronauts John Young and Gus Grissom flew three low-Earth orbits on March 23, 1965, in their spacecraft, nicknamed Molly...
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Gemini 8
Space History

Gemini 8

Gemini 8 was the sixth crewed spaceflight as part of NASA's Gemini program and saw the first docking of two spacecrafts in orbit. However, the mission suffered the first critical system failure of a...
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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
Space History

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) is a NASA spacecraft designed by Lockheed Martin to study the climate and geology of Mars, provide data on future prospective landing sites, and relay information...
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Apollo 9
Space History

Apollo 9

Apollo 9 was the third spaceflight in NASA's Apollo program, the second crewed Apollo mission, and the first flight of the full Apollo spacecraft, which included the Lunar Module (LM) with the...
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