It was the first manned mission of the Gemini program, the first mission to carry more than one American astronaut, and the final space flight directed from the Cape Kennedy Air Force Base. Gemini 3 made three orbits of the Earth in just under five hours.
Taken from: Taken From: This Day in History by Jim Daley; Copyright 2019; Publications International, LTD
A renewed era of space exploration is upon us, and many exciting missions will be headed to space in the coming years. These include crewed missions to the Moon and the creation of permanent bases there. 1,086 more words
On this day in 1986, the U.S. space shuttleChallenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from Florida, killing all seven aboard, including a schoolteacher who had been chosen as the first American civilian to travel in space.
This week’s apparition of asteroid 1994 PC1 offers observers a chance to see a space rock moving in real time. In a slow moving universe, asteroids give us a rare chance to see things moving in real time. 889 more words
As we learn more about the cosmos, it’s interesting how some of the greatest discoveries continue to happen close to home. This is expected to continue well into the future, where observations of Cosmic Dawn and distant galaxies will take place alongside surveys of the outer Solar System and our galaxy. 777 more words
It’s really happening. After all the years of delays, reschedulings, budget shortfalls, and even more delays, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) launched on December 25 and is now successfully on its way to is destination at the second LaGrange point (L2), about 1.5 million km (1 million miles) from Earth. 786 more words