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Theoretical spherical cloud of predominantly icy planetesimals believed to surround the Sun at a distance of up to around 100,000 AU, comprising many billions of comets
Space probe built by the ESA who in 2014 performed the first successful landing on a comet
NASA space probe launched to study the dwarf planet Pluto in 2006, flew by the planet in 2015
First man to die during a space mission, on Soyuz 1 in 1967
Space probe launched by NASA in 1989 to map the surface of Venus. Crashed into the planet in 1994
How many minutes does the sunlight travel through Space before it reach the Earth
One of the brightest stars in the nighttime sky. It's name is Arabic and means 'The follower' because it appears to follow the Pleiades in the night sky
Two-telescope astronomical observatory at 4,145 meters near the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii
Space Shuttle that replaced Challenger, and were actived in 1992-2012. Is perhaps best known for repearing the Hubble Telescope
The brightest star in the night sky, except for the sun
The second most common chemical element in the Universe
American astronaut most famous as the commander on Apollo 13, which suffered a critical failure en route to the Moon
NASA astronaut who in 1965 became the first American to 'walk' in space from Gemini 4
Planet with longest day from sunrise to sunset in the solar system
A highly magnetized, rotating neutron star that emits a beam of electromagnetic radiation
This is the second-brightest natural object in the night sky after the Moon
Which spacecraft, launched in 1977, is the farthest man-made object from Earth?
This was the first Space Shuttle, which had its first flight in 1976, but had no capability to fly into orbit
Space Shuttle active 1984-2011, who have flown more than any other spacecraft, with 39 successful missions
The biggest moon in the solar system
The radiation belt that is a layer of energetic charged particles that is held in place around the Earth by its magnetic field
The first spaceworthy Space Shuttle in NASA's fleet, with 27 missions, from 1981 until the disaster in 2003
Space Shuttle active 1985-2011, completing 33 missions. The second to last to be constructed
How many times larger are the diameter of the Sun than the Earth
The second person, and the first American, to travel into space. Also became the fifth person to walk on the Moon on Apollo 14
Region of the Solar System extending from the orbit of Neptune (at 30 AU) to approximately 50 AU from the Sun
The second human spaceflight program of NASA, with ten manned flights occurring in 1965-66
First space station, launched in 1971
Open star cluster containing hot B-type stars, the most obvious cluster to the naked eye in the night sky
Spacecraft which performed the first docking of two spacecraft in orbit in 1966, suffered also the first american critical in-space system failure
One of the most distinctive of the constellations in the southern sky, and part of the Australian flag
This is the driest known object in the Solar System
The first manned spacecraft to leave Earth orbit, reach the Earth's Moon, orbit it and return safely to Earth
Soviet human spaceflight project to put the first Soviet citizens into low Earth orbit. Carried out six manned spaceflights 1961-63
First woman in space on Vostok 6 in 1963
The largest object in the asteroid belt, which lies between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, and its only dwarf planet. Diameter of ca. 963 km
Planet with most active volcanoes in the solar system
Planet with lowest density in the solar system
Shooting star is a common name for the visible path of such a space object as it enters the atmosphere
The first american in orbit
Planet with the hottest surface temperature in the solar system
The moon Europa orbits this planet
This comet broke apart and collided with Jupiter in 1994, generating a large amount of media coverage
First person to perform EVA (Extravehicular activity), on Voskhod 2 in 1965
The first US space station, which orbited the Earth 1973-79
Stellar explosion that can briefly outshine an entire galaxy, often triggered by the gravitational collapse of the core of a star with at least 8 times the initial mass as our sun
NASA astronaut who was part of Apollo 13, and made the announcement, 'Houston, we've had a problem here'
This NASA Spacecraft is launched to Mars in 1975
This NASA probe enters the atmosphere of Jupiter in 1995
The last man on the Moon since he was the last to re-enter the lunar module on Apollo 17
The first US human spaceflight program led by its newly created space agency NASA in 1959-63. Its goal was to put a man into Earth orbit
This comet was in 1997 perhaps the most widely observed comet of the 20th century and one of the brightest seen for many decades
American astronaut who in 1983 became the first American woman in space, and still remains the youngest American astronaut to travel to space
The most massive and second-largest dwarf planet known in the Solar System. Discovered in 2005. Twice the distance to the sun compared to Pluto

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