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Space History features sections related to the History of Space Exploration, astronauts, cosmonauts, animals, spacecraft, people, missions and more.

Christa McAuliffe

Christa McAuliffe was a civilian mission specialist aboard the Challenger Space Shuttle and died with the rest of the seven member crew when Challenger...

First American in Orbit

First American in Orbit was John Glenn. He was launched on 20 February 1962 in the Friendship 7 spacecraft. Mercury Seven In April 1959, John Glenn...

Sally Ride

Sally Ride was the first American woman in space in 1983 on space shuttle Challenger and was a former NASA Astronaut. Her second shuttle flight...

Space Firsts – Space Milestones

The following is a list of Space Firsts - aka Space Milestones. It features a timeline features a list of first achievements from animals,...

Yuri Gagarin

Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was the first human in space and the first man to orbit the Earth making a 108-minute orbital flight in his Vostok 1 spacecraft. Biography (1934-1968) Yuri A....

Apollo 13

Apollo 13 was to be the third mission to land on the Moon. An explosion in one of the oxygen tanks crippled the spacecraft...

Apollo 11

Apollo 11 was the first mission to land a man on the moon. It was launched on a Saturn V rocket at at 9.32am local time...