Manned Space Travel

  • The Mercury Missions

    American manned spaceflight began with two quick testing of the waters dips on suborbital flights aboard the Mercury Redstone. Then, atop the more powerful Mercury Atlas, four Astronauts spent ever increasing time orbiting the Earth.
    By George Adcock May 19, 2011 

  • Space Suit Parts: Protective Gloves for the Apollo Space Suit and More

    The designs for the Apollo space suit became the basis for all space suits constructed in subsequent years. Each of the space suit parts was necessary for the advanced missions, most notably the moon boots, helmet design, life support system and protective...
    By Jason C. Chavis May 19, 2011 

  • Space Law and the Future of Space Exploration

    With the advent of the Space Age in the 1950s, the international community realized that to peacefully explore space international law must be created to deal with it. A series of treaties drafted by the UN has set up a basic agreement, but will it be...
    By Andy Dziuba May 18, 2011 


  • Parts on a Spaceship

    Ever wonder about the parts that are on a spaceship? Here's an overview of the external parts of the space shuttle, including the shuttle system as it sits on the launch pad. The space shuttle is "the most complex machine ever built",...
    By MJ Logan April 19, 2011 

  • What's on the Inside of a Spacecraft

    Manned spacecraft are responsible for carrying payload and astronauts into orbit. But what does the interior of a spacecraft really look like? In this article we will explore what the interior of the space shuttle looks like and how astronauts perform...
    By Nick Oza April 17, 2011 

  • Sally Ride – The First American Woman in Space

    The year was 1983, two Russian women had already been to space – Valentina Tereshkova and Svetlana Savitsklaya. The pressure in the space race was on the Americans – they simply had to put a female astronaut into orbit. Sally Ride was the...
    By johnsinit April 6, 2011 


  • Two Early Space Explorers - John Glenn and Yuri Gagarin

    Two of the first humans to venture into space were John Glenn, from America, and Yuri Gagarin, from the USSR. While the Soviet space program's Gagarin was the first man in space, Glenn was the first American, orbiting in the spacecraft Friendship...
    By S.L. Bradish April 6, 2011 

  • What Are the Requirements to Become an Astronaut?

    This article discusses what it takes to become an astronaut—the requirements—including physical training, educational background and related experience necessary to fly in space.
    By VinceSummers March 26, 2011 

  • Nothing But The Facts About Sally Ride

    In 1983, Dr. Sally Ride became the first American woman in space, following two Russian female cosmonauts, Valentina Tereshkova and Svetlana Savitskaya in space exploration. Presented below are some notable facts and interesting data from her biography...
    By johnsinit February 18, 2011 

  • Weightlessness in Space

    Weightlessness in space is caused by the simple physical factors that cause the limitation of gravity. While we can simulate the effects within the atmosphere of the planet, scientists have yet to discover a viable way to bring the concept of gravity...
    By Jason C. Chavis December 8, 2010 
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