of October 1, 2001
Happy 43rd Anniversary NASA!
NASA began on October 1, 1958
Galileo and Christopher
take a photo opportunity by this NASA sign.
I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the
goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and
returning him safely to the earth." President John F. Kennedy's
Special Message to Congress on May 25, 1961. Read
the whole text of President Kennedy's speech.
John F. Kennedy
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Columbus and Galileo
take a break from their adventures at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Open House in Pasadena, California. Join them in the Christopher
& Galileo Photo Gallery for an up-close
and behind-the-scenes look at the Galileo
spacescrafts, the Sojourner
Rover, and a whole lot more out-of-this-world
fun! Read a book about Christopher
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Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, Walter M. Schirra, Jr., Alan B. Shepard,
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Who was the first
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What is Ulysses
When Ulysses registered at West Point, his name appeared on the
records as Ulysses Simpson Grant, rather than Hiram Ulysses Grant.
So, Ulysses changed his name to Ulysses Simpson Grant. He was known
as U.S. Grant or "Uncle Sam" Grant. Did
you know his good friends shortened this name and called
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Did you know NASA was started on October 1, 1958?
Aeronautics and Space Administration,
or NASA, was started for the purpose of human space flight, aeronautics,
and space science. During the 1950's, the U.S. and the Soviet Union
were in a "space race" to be the first country to successfully launch
a man into space and return him safely to earth. In 1957, the Soviet
Union successfully launched and landed Sputnik, the first artificial
satellite. In 1961, Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was the first person
in space. NASA followed with many accomplishes, including Project
Mercury (1 manned space flights), Project Gemini (2 manned space
flights), and Project Apollo (3 manned space flights). Neil
Armstrong was the commander of Apollo
11, and he was the first person to walk on the surface of the moon.
On July 20, 1969, at 9:56 pm (Houston time), Armstrong stepped out
of the lunar module Eagle, saying, "That's one small step
for man, one giant leap for mankind."
Seven, the first seven U.S. Astronauts
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Shepard. He was the first U.S.
astronaut in space. His spacecraft -- Freedom 7 -- was fit for only
one man so Shepard took this historic flight all by himself. That's
pretty interesting." --
Bailey from Florida
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Q: How many Space
Shuttles are there? (Diane A.)
Four: Columbia, Discovery, Atlantis,
and Endeavour. The Space Shuttle was designed to be a reusable spaceship.
is the first Space Shuttle. Its first mission was launched on April
12, 1981. It was named after a small sailing vessel that explored
the Columbia River in the 1790's. Did you
know the command module for the Apollo 11 lunar mission
was also named Columbia? Discovery
is the third Space Shuttle, named after two sailing ships (one by
Henry Hudson in 1610-1611, and one by James Cook who discovered
the Hawaiian Islands). Its first mission was launched on August
30, 1984. Atlantis,
named for a ship operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
from 1930 -1966, is the fourth Space Shuttle. Its first launch was
on October 3, 1985. Did you know
the Galileo spacecraft to Jupiter was launched from Atlantis? The
fifth Space Shuttle, Endeavour,
is a replacement for Challenger
(the second Space Shuttle which exploded on January 28, 1986). Endeavour
was named for the first ship commanded by James Cook.
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