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STS 1 Columbia – The first orbital NASA’s Space Shuttle program launches from Titusville

The first orbiter, Columbia (Space Transportation System-1), launched on 12 April 1981 from Kennedy Space Center Launch pad 39A and returned on 14 April, having orbited the

OAO 2 Stargazer – The first successful space telescope in Earth orbit

The Orbiting Astronomical Observatory 2, launched on December 7, 1968. An Atlas-Centaur rocket launched it into a nearly circular 750-kilometre altitude Earth orbit. Data was collected in ultraviolet

Apollo 1 – The Site Of A Mission That Never Flew To Cape Canaveral

AS-204, was the first crewed mission of the United States Apollo program, the undertaking to land the first men on the Moon. Planned as the first low

The Alcântara Launch Center – The satellite launching facility of the Brazilian Space Agency in Alcântara

Located on Brazil’s northern Atlantic coast, in the state of Maranhão. It is operated by the Brazilian Air Force (Comando da Aeronáutica). The CLA is the closest

Gran Telescopio Canarias – One of the world’s largest optical reflecting telescope in La Palma

A 10.4 meters telescope, began with the leadership of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), its preliminary observations in 2007, using 12 segments of its primary

John F. Kennedy Space Center – The Launch Operations Center of NASA in Titusville

One of ten National Aeronautics and Space Administration field centers. Located on the east coast of Florida, John F. Kennedy Space Center is adjacent to Cape Canaveral

Sputnik 1 – The full-scale replica of the world’s first satellite is being exhibited in Sydney

The Soviet Union launched it into an elliptical low Earth orbit on 4 October 1957. It orbited for three weeks before its batteries died and then orbited

Belka and Strelka – The Soviet Space Dogs resting at the Museum of Cosmonautics in Moscow

Korabl-Sputnik 2 was a Soviet artificial satellite, and the third test flight of the Vostok spacecraft. It was the first spaceflight to send animals into orbit. Launched

Zweibrücken Observatory – The giant R2-D2 Observatory in Zweibrücken

Mondstein Speyer – Original Lunar Rock is being exhibited at the Technik Museum in Speyer

The moon rock was chipped off from a basalt boulder in the Hadley-Apennine landing site on 01 August 1971 by the Apollo 15 astronauts, David R. Scott

OV-102 Columbia – The flight deck windows of the historic space shuttle is being exhibited at the Kennedy Space Center in Titusville

The Space Shuttle disaster was a fatal incident in the United States space program that occurred on February 1, 2003, when the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated as

COS-B satellite – The first European Space mission in low Earth orbit

The mission consisted of a satellite containing gamma-ray detectors, which was launched by NASA on behalf of the ESRO on August 9, 1975. The mission was completed

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