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Space Exploration Past, Present, Future

Space Exploration Past, Present, Future

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Space Exploration The Big Picture Space exploration is still in infancy. Although we have learned a lot, we still have a lot of questions.

Space Exploration The Big Picture Space exploration is still in infancy. Although we have learned a lot, we still have a lot of questions.

The cost of space exploration mandates that we work together with other countries.

Example: International Space Station (ISS)

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NASA National A Accomplishments:

NASA National A Accomplishments:

First to land someone on the moon

Invented the space shuttle

Developed many products for space that we now use as everyday products

Example: Velcro

eronautics and Space Administration

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We Are C and so we study space. Things that we need to know about space exploration include:

We Are C and so we study space. Things that we need to know about space exploration include:

Rockets

Artificial satellites

Space probes

Space stations

Space shuttles

Remote sensoring devices

Space suits

Radar

Computers

Fuel sources

Landing modules

Materials that can survive heat and pressure

Solar panels

Living quarters

Biomedical equipment

Air purification devices

Telescopes

And many more

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Space Exploration History The space age began on October 4, 1957, when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the first artificial satellite to orbit Earth.

Space Exploration History The space age began on October 4, 1957, when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the first artificial satellite to orbit Earth.

The Soviets also achieved the first piloted space flight on April 12, 1961.

The first cosmonaut was Yuri Gagarin. He orbited Earth in a ship named Vostok.

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Lets Go to the Moon Apollo 8 orbited the moon 10 times and returned to Earth safely on December 21, 1968

Lets Go to the Moon Apollo 8 orbited the moon 10 times and returned to Earth safely on December 21, 1968

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed Apollo 11 on the moon on July 20, 1969.

Neil Armstrong was the first person to set foot on the moon.

The laptops in our classroom are more powerful than the computers used to run the Apollo program!

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Space Shuttles A space shuttle is a reusable space craft.

Space Shuttles A space shuttle is a reusable space craft.

First used in 1981.

Able to land on an ordinary airfield.

Two shuttle tragedies in 1987 and 2003.

Shuttles replaced the previous method of space flight Rockets and capsules.

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Our ability to achieve our space goals became an indicator of our status as a great nation, and the Soviets were our top competitors.

Our ability to achieve our space goals became an indicator of our status as a great nation, and the Soviets were our top competitors.

This occurred during a time in our history known as the Cold War.

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