Spacecraft Extravaganza

Overview of rockets, space probes, space crafts, satellites and everything technical, man-made and awesome in outer space.
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The little radio beachball that could!  In doing so, Sputnik became the first man-made spacecraft in orbit of earth and sparked the decade that would propel spaceflight technology onwards at an astonishing pace.

pbsthisdayinhistory: “ October Sputnik Launches into Space On this day in the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the world’s first artificial satellite. This launch marked the beginning of.

Chang'e 3 will be the first spacecraft to land on the moon in 37 years, firmly establishing China as a leader in the international space flight world and steadily progressing towards a future manned Chinese base on the moon.

Jade Rabbit rover: China launches its first mission to Moon

After seven minutes of terror through which we all held our breath, Curiosity is now the most powerful laboratory outside of Earth.  May its nuclear fuel last long and its discoveries be plentiful!

Curiosity Rover’s Self Portrait at ‘John Klein’ Drilling Site, which combines dozens of exposures taken by the rover’s Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) during the Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity’s work on Mars (Feb.

First ever spacecraft prototype made by Planetary Resources created completely from material from outer space!

Planetary Resources unveils the world's first ever printed extraterrestrial object, in the form a spacecraft sculpted from a meteorite.

The Rosetta spacecraft is the first mission ever to go orbit a comet. Since we do not know what the actual composition of the core will be, it has a lander that is equipped for whatever it can possibly find.   Or, as Rosetta team member Mark Bentley described it, it is "crazy with moving parts and has bizarre harpoons".   That's an awesome little spacecraft indeed!  The 20th of january 2014 Rosetta should be waking up after a 1,5 year long sleep. That should be a tense moment!

The Rosetta spacecraft is the first mission ever to go orbit a comet. Since we do not know what the actual composition of the core will be, it has a lander that is equipped for whatever it can possibly find. Or, as Rosetta team member Mark Bentley described it, it is "crazy with moving parts and has bizarre harpoons". That's an awesome little spacecraft indeed! The 20th of january 2014 Rosetta should be waking up after a 1,5 year long sleep. That should be a tense moment!

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