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Stardust Space Probe
Space History

Stardust Space Probe

Stardust was a robotic space probe launched in 1999, with the primary mission of collecting cosmic dust and dust samples from the comet Wild 2 and returning them to Earth.
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Gaia Space Observatory
Space History

Gaia Space Observatory

Gaia is a space observatory launched on December 19, 2013, by the European Space Agency (ESA), designed to measure stars' positions, distances, and motions with precision.
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Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer
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Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer

The Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer, IXPE, is a space observatory that was launched on December 9, 2021, designed to measure the polarization of cosmic X-rays.
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MAVEN Mars Orbiter
Space History

MAVEN Mars Orbiter

MAVEN is a 2013 American spacecraft intended to study the loss of Mars' atmospheric gases to space and provide insight into the planet's climate and water history.
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Gemini 12
Space History

Gemini 12

Gemini XII was the 10th and final crewed Gemini flight, commanded by NASA veteran James A. Lovell and rookie Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin.
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The Venera Program
Space History

The Venera Program

The Venera program was a series of space probes developed by the Soviet Union between 1961 and 1984 to gather information about Venus.
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2001 Mars Odyssey
Space History

2001 Mars Odyssey

2001 Mars Odyssey is a robotic spacecraft project developed by NASA that was sent to orbit Mars to detect evidence of past or present water and ice, and to study Mars' radiation environment and...
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Apollo 7
Space History

Apollo 7

Apollo 7 was the first crewed flight in the Apollo program after the Apollo 1 disaster that occurred during a launch test. It was crewed by Commander Walter M. Schirra, command module pilot Donn F....
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Dawn Space Probe
Space History

Dawn Space Probe

Dawn is a retired space probe that NASA launched in September 2007 to study Ceres and Vesta, two of the three known protoplanets of the asteroid belt
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Gemini 11
Space History

Gemini 11

Gemini XI was the ninth crewed spaceflight in the Gemini project, which flew from September 12 to 15, 1966 and saw the first-ever direct-ascent rendezvous with an Agena Target Vehicle.
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Genesis Space Probe
Space History

Genesis Space Probe

Genesis was a NASA sample-return space probe that collected and returned solar wind particles for analysis. It was the first NASA sample-return mission since the Apollo program to return material and...
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Gemini 5
Space History

Gemini 5

Gemini V was a crewed spaceflight in NASA's Project Gemini that launched on August 21, 1965. Gemini V marked the first time an American crewed space mission held the world record for flight duration...
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Vostok 2: The First Day in Space
Space History

Vostok 2: The First Day in Space

Vostok 2 was a space mission that took Soviet cosmonaut Gherman Titov into orbit for a full day on August 6, 1961. This mission aimed to study the effects weightlessness had on the human body over a...
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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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