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Manned space travel was preceded by the first artificial satellite, launched in 1957. What was it called? Sputnik I
92.2%
Gemini II
1.4%
Voyager I
4.3%
Explorer I
2%
The era of manned space travel began on April 12, 1961. What was the name of the first person to travel into space? Yuri Gagarin
91.6%
John Glenn
3.5%
Alan Shepard
3.1%
Valentina Tereshkova
1.5%
In order to get out of Earth orbit an object must reach a break-away speed of 25,000 mph (40000 km/h). By what term is this speed known? Escape Velocity
82.6%
Orbital Speed
7.7%
Ludicrous Speed
1.1%
Stellar Momentum
1.6%
Neil Armstrong was the first human to set foot on another celestial body, when he stepped onto the moon on July 20, 1969, followed shortly after by Buzz Aldrin. What was the name of their command module pilot? Michael Collins
80.7%
Jack Swigert
9.9%
Ken Mattingly
4.6%
Deke Slayton
3.9%
The first private launch of a liquid-propellant rocket, spacecraft recovery, ISS supply mission, and reuse of an orbital rocket were all accomplished by the same company. What is it called? SpaceX
75.4%
Ad Astra
2.4%
Virgin Galactic
9.3%
XCOR
3.9%
Starting in 1998, the international community combined to build and operate the International Space Station. Which of these nations is NOT part of the ISS team? Australia
74.3%
Japan
15.6%
Russia
5.8%
United States
1.3%
Since the 1920s, scientists have been working to try and develop a workable spacecraft that would harness photons of light coming from the sun. What is this propulsion method called? Solar Sail
72.6%
Warp Drive
5.5%
Photoninator
8.5%
Stellar Surfer
4.7%
In 1975, the European Space Research Organization and European Launcher Development Organization were combined to form what continent-wide space consortium? European Space Agency
71.8%
European Space Union
16.9%
Federation of Planets
2.3%
Commonwealth of Exploration
3.6%
Frank Drake, Professor Emeritus of Astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz, is known for his work on what project that tried to detect intelligent life on other planets? SETI
68.9%
First Contact
15.1%
ET Int.
3%
ALET
4.1%
German rocket scientist Wernher von Braun was brought to the U.S. after WWII and named director of the U.S. Space Flight Center. His rocket design powered the Apollo and Skylab missions. What was the rocket called? Saturn V
62.2%
Titan II
15.3%
N1-L3
4.1%
Ares I
11%
Launching a rocket near the equator (where planetary rotation is fastest) and in a particular direction, can gain the spacecraft up to 900 miles (1400km) per hour. In what direction are most spacecraft launched? East
57.9%
West
22.1%
North
7.8%
South
5.9%
The world's first liquid-propelled rocket was launched from an Auburn, Massachusetts cabbage patch in 1926. Who designed and launched that rocket? Robert Goddard
55.3%
Edwin Hubble
17%
Konstantin Tsiolkovsky
3.7%
Werner von Braun
17%
NASA's facilities are frequently named after people who played key roles in the development of the space program. Which of these people does not have a NASA facility named after them? Ronald Reagan
53.6%
Lyndon Johnson
10%
John Kennedy
4.4%
George Marshall
27.7%
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was formed in 1958. What 1915 organization did it replace? National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics
52.6%
Society for Advanced Futurism
2.5%
National Cosmographic Society
10.2%
American Academy of Aeroscience
30.9%
The first landing of a probe on Mars occurred in 1976. What was the name of that spacecraft? Viking 1
51%
Mariner 9
18.6%
Opportunity
16.2%
Spirit
6.4%
The Earth's gravitational field is surprisingly strong. At 100 miles (161km) above the earth's surface, gravity is still equal to what percentage of its force on Earth? 95
47.7%
75
24.9%
50
11.9%
33
8.7%
The Soviet-American 'Space Race' came to a peaceful end in 1975 with the docking of what two craft in orbit? Apollo & Soyuz 19
41.7%
Gemini 5 & Salyut 3
16.9%
Shuttle Challenger & Mir
20.7%
Skylab & Korolev IV
18.4%
From 1986 to 2014 the ESA launched a series of satellites whose name translates in French to 'Satellites for the Observation of Earth'. By what acronym are they known? SPOT
40.2%
SOFT
13.2%
STOP
4.4%
EOSS
36.2%
Voyager 1 was the first spacecraft to pass into interstellar space in 2012, and Voyager 2 joined it in 2018. This passage is where the sun's solar wind is no longer stronger than the interstellar wind of other stars. What is this boundary called? The heliopause
40.2%
The solar boundary
26.8%
The edge of darkness
4.1%
The interstellar rim
20.5%
In the 1970s, space exploration turned to manned space stations. What was the name of the first manned, orbiting space station? Salyut I
20.8%
Mir
28.2%
Skylab
42.8%
Hubble
6.8%

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