The moon is the nearest object in our celestial sky that humans could possibly visit. It made absolute sense for people to set their sights on traveling to the moon as a first step for space exploration.
The cost of sending individual space missions was becoming unacceptable. In an effort to reduce the budget and offer a vehicle that could be reused, NASA developed the idea of the space shuttle.
It seems the more that we learn about our universe, the more that we want to know. We have an appetite for learning how we fit in the cosmos, how our solar system and beyond.
The objective of Apollo 11 was to accomplish the goal that was required by President John F. Kennedy on May 25, 1961 in performing the landing of a crewed lunar spacecraft and returning it and the crew safely back to Earth.
New Horizons Spacecraft
The mission of the New Horizons craft was developed to collect images and data of the dwarf planet Pluto, as well as add information so that we could understand the edge of the solar system.
Beyond our Earth, Mars is the one planet that has had the most spacecraft, research, and exploration. There have been 68 missions that have launched.
Dawn Mission & Spacecraft
Dawn is part of NASA’s Discovery mission and it was designed to orbit the asteroid Vesta, which is located between Jupiter and Mars.
The Stardust mission was one of the most unique projects that NASA and the research scientists developed.
Mars Missions – Rovers
There are many missions that have lasted beyond their original design, but only the rovers have continued to work while also capturing the hearts of the public.
Early space missions
Throughout history, humans have gazed up at the night sky and wondered what was out there.