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Space Exploration
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Space Pioneers
Who, in 1961, was propelled 116 miles into the ionosphere to become America's first man in space?
Notable Achievements
In 1996, who earned the distinctions of enduring the longest stay in space by any American and the longest stay in space by any woman?
A. Janet Reno
B. Geena Davis
C. Carol Channing
D. Elizabeth Dole
E. Shannon Lucid
Communication Satellites
The first U.S. satellite to amplify and transmit radio and television signals was ...
A. Skylab
B. Gemini
C. Sputnik
D. Telstar
E. Mariner I
Presidential Quotations
Who said this?
I believe that this nation should commit itself
to achieving the goal before this decade is out
of landing a man on the moon and returning him
safely to Earth.
An astronaut orbiting the Earth has a feeling of weightlessness because he is ...
A. in free fall
B. neutrally buoyant
C. attracted by the Sun
D. beyond Earth's gravity
E. traveling at enormous speed
Astronautical Longevity
In March of 1995, Cosmonaut Valery Polyakov returned to Earth after setting a new record for weightless by spending 437 days aboard what space station?
The colossal, earth-orbiting telescope launched in 1990 was named after which astronomer?
A. Hubble
B. Galileo
C. Newton
D. Da Vinci
E. Palomar
Lunar Quotes
Complete this quote by Neil Armstrong.
Houston, Tranquillity here.
The ---- has landed.
Headline News
To what device was this headline from the London "Daily Express" referring?
Space age is here!
First "flying saucer" travels at 17,000 m.p.h.
Astronaut Talk
An astronaut orbiting the Earth is talking about EVA.
For what do these initials stand?
Space Travelers
Laika, the world's first space traveler, was what kind of creature?
Speed Limits
What is the two-word phrase for the minimum speed a space vehicle needs to become free of the Earth's gravitational pull?
Space Spectaculars
Who orbited the Earth in Vostok I?
A. Yuri Gagarin
B. Boris Yeltsin
C. Nikita Khrushchev
D. Mikhail Baryshnikov
E. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
The first U.S. satellite was put into orbit in what year?
A. 1941
B. 1949
C. 1952
D. 1958
E. 1964
Apollo Missions
Apollo 8 took the first three men around the Moon in 1968. What was the number of the Apollo flight that first took men to the surface of the Moon?
The first stage of a multistage rocket is called the ...
A. lifter
B. booster
C. thruster
D. pusher
E. shooter
Launch Lingo
The period of time during which a space vehicle must be launched in order to reach a particular orbit or carry out a mission successfully is called the launch ...
Who was president of the United States when the Russians launched Sputnik?
A. John Kennedy
B. Richard Nixon
C. Woodrow Wilson
D. Dwight Eisenhower
E. Franklin Roosevelt
Space Literature
An account of the early days of the U.S. space program is found in Tom Wolfe's book entitled ...
A. Space
B. Ten Who Dared
C. The Right Stuff
D. On Wings of Eagles
E. From the Earth to the Moon
Coming Home
What hyphenated word refers to the return of a spacecraft into the Earth's atmosphere?
Space Travel
The path followed by a spacecraft is called its ...
A. itinerary
B. telemetry
C. trajectory
D. launch window
E. escape velocity
Launch Sites
All of America's manned space missions are launched from what geographic site in Florida?
Identify the space vehicle destroyed in a tragic explosion involving the deaths of seven people in 1986.
A. Apollo
B. Columbia
C. Atlantis
D. Enterprise
E. Challenger
1994 marked which anniversary of the first manned lunar landing?
A. 5th
B. 15th
C. 25th
D. 35th
E. 45th
Satellite Orbits
Identify the type of orbit assumed by a man-made satellite that remains in the same position relative to a point on the Earth's surface.
Much of the expertise necessary for America's first attempts to orbit a satellite was provided by immigrants from what country?
Space Exploration
This is about what lunar mission?
They heard a loud "hurrump" and a bang.
An oxygen tank in the service module had
exploded, causing a second tank to rupture.
No oxygen meant no electricity, and no
electricity meant the rocket motor couldn't fire.
Planetary Probes
What is the two-syllable name for an encounter in which a space probe approaches but does not land on the surface of a heavenly body?
What are the next two words in this 1969 quote?
That's one small step for a man, one giant leap ...
The first spacecraft in history to be launched into space a second time was the ...
A. Voyager
B. Pioneer
C. Columbia
D. Endeavor
E. Enterprise
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Answers to Space Exploration
1. Alan Shepard
2. E
3. D
4. John Kennedy
5. A
6. Mir
7. A
8. Eagle
9. Sputnik
10. extravehicular activity
11. dog
12. escape velocity
13. A
14. D
15. Apollo 11
16. B
17. window
18. D
19. C
20. re-entry
21. C
22. Cape Canaveral
23. E
24. C
25. geosynchronous
26. Germany
27. Apollo 13
28. flyby
29. for mankind
30. C
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