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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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New Horizons and Pluto
Space History

New Horizons and Pluto

New Horizons is an interplanetary space probe that was launched in 2006 as a part of NASA's New Frontiers program. The primary mission to perform a flyby study of the Pluto system in 2015,...
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Mercury-Atlas 6
Space History

Mercury-Atlas 6

Mercury-Atlas 6 was the very first American orbital spaceflight, which took place on February 20, 1962. Astronaut John Glenn piloted Friendship 7 spacecraft, and NASA operated the mission as part of...
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NEAR Shoemaker and Eros
Space History

NEAR Shoemaker and Eros

The Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous satellite, later re-named NEAR Shoemaker, was a robotic space probe made to study Eros, the near-Earth asteroid, from close orbit over the course of a year.
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The History of Skylab
Space History

The History of Skylab

Skylab was the first space station for the United States, launched by NASA in 1973 and was occupied for nearly 24 weeks until the mission was ended in 1974.
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Apollo 14
Space History

Apollo 14

Apollo 14 was the eighth crewed mission of the Apollo program, the third mission to land on the Moon, and the first mission to land in the Moon's highlands.
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Pioneer 10
Space History

Pioneer 10

More than 30 years after launch, NASA received the magnificent Pioneer 10 spacecraft's last, very weak signal on January 23, 2003.
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Soyuz 4 and 5 in the First Crewed Docking
Space History

Soyuz 4 and 5 in the First Crewed Docking

The first time a docking between two crewed spacecrafts occurred on January 16, 1969, when the Soyuz 4 and 5 spacecrafts docked.
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Review of the Year in Space
Space News

Review of the Year in Space

2020 has been an unprecedented year, but who knew we would get some of the most exciting space news in such a tumultuous year?
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