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SPACE

Humans have been fixated with space since as far back as 1200BC and the creation of the Babylonian star catalogues. Astronomy itself is the oldest natural science and one that intrigues us to this day. Travel into space helps us understand the universe around us and could one day lead to new human outposts throughout the galaxy. Here’s a quick history of space travel so far and where it’s heading in the future.

Germany sends first ballistic missile V-2 into space

1942

Germany sends first ballistic missile V-2 into space


Russia launches first artificial satellite Sputnik 1

1957

Russia launches first artificial satellite Sputnik 1; Space Race between Soviet Union and USA begins


Russian Yuri Gagarin becomes first human to orbit Earth in Vostok 1; Alan Shepard becomes first American in space

1961

Russian Yuri Gagarin becomes first human to orbit Earth in Vostok 1


USA’s Apollo 11 crew lands on the moon

1969

USA’s Apollo 11 crew lands on the moon


First ‘Space Shuttle’ Columbia lifts off from Cape Canaveral

1981

First ‘Space Shuttle’ Columbia lifts off from Cape Canaveral


Russia launches MIR Space Station

1986

Russia launches MIR Space Station


First permanent crew sent to International Space Station (ISS)

2000

First permanent crew sent to International Space Station (ISS)


Dennis Tito pays to visit ISS, making him the first ‘space tourist’

2001

Dennis Tito pays to visit ISS, making him the first ‘space tourist’


the future...

Humans on Mars?

Life on Mars

DID YOU KNOW?

Your phone is smarter than NASA

Every year, your phones become twice as powerful (in terms of transistors) than
the year before, according to “Moore’s Law” (look it up). This means as each year passes, the increase in computing power becomes enormous. So the smartphone you’re possibly googling “Moore’s Law” on has more computing power in it than all of NASA when they put man on the moon back in 1969.

DID YOU KNOW?

The first woman in space was only 26

Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova was the first and youngest woman to go into space in 1963. She is the only woman to have been on a solo space mission and orbited the Earth almost 50 times in three days on Vostok 6, her only space trip. She also passed through Prestwick Airport while on a UK visit in 1963!

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