Tag Archives: Soviet Space

Space History | 1997-05-17 | Atlantis Docks with Mir

May 17, 1997 – Space Shuttle Atlantis (OV-104) performs its sixth docking with Mir during the STS-84 mission. The Shuttle-Mir project would eventually see 11 total Shuttle dockings with Mir, with Atlantis visiting Mir for a total of seven times. … Continue reading

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Space History | 2002-05-12 | Russian Shuttle Buran Destroyed

May 12 2002 Kazakhstan – The Russian equivalent of the NASA Space Shuttle, called the “Buran,” was destroyed. The Buran was stored in a hangar in Kazakhstan. On May 12 2002, that hangar collapsed unexpectedly, killing eight people and destroying the … Continue reading

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Space History 1961-05-05 – First American Astronaut in Space

May 5, 1961 – Alan Shepard, in his Freedom 7 capsule, was launched from Cape Canaveral’s Launch Complex 5 as the first U.S. man in space as part of the Mercury-Redstone 3 (MR-3) mission. MR-3 was the first manned mission … Continue reading

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Space History 1967-04-23 Remembering the First In-Flight Tragedy

April 23, 1967 – Soviet Union launches Soyuz 1 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, carrying Cosmonaut Colonel Vladimir M. Komarov. The launch was the first time the Soyuz spacecraft was used, and that mission came on the heels of the American’s … Continue reading

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Space History 1965-03-18 – 1st Spacewalk and Near-Death Experience

March 18, 1965 –  Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov – First Spacewalk, Voskhod 2 flight Looking back on history we have the perspective of knowing how the Space Race all turned out. We know that the U.S. won the race to the … Continue reading

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Space History – What’s the Most Powerful Fuel

The Space Race has shown us the most powerful fuel – but it’s not what you might think. Continue reading

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Space History – Apollo 11 vs. Luna 15

As Armstrong and Aldrin were finishing mankind’s first walk on another celestial body, the competing Soviet Luna 15 was crashing into the Moon. Continue reading

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Without VISION, the Space Program Perishes

The problem is not that the Shuttle program is coming to an end, it’s that there’s nothing to replace it. Continue reading

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What Would Kennedy Do?

Has the “Adventure” in space exploration that would impact the minds of people everywhere simply vanished? Continue reading

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This week in Space History, July 3 1969 – Russian N1 Rocket Explodes after liftoff

July 3 1969, a test launch of the Russian N1 moon rocket fails, creating the largest explosion in rocket history. Continue reading

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