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Birth of the space age

NASA’s journey from underdog to world leader.

Buzz Aldrin in his astronaut suit standing on the moon

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin walks on the surface of the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission. Credit: NASA

a scientist working on sputnik

The Soviet Union shocked the world when the launched the world’s first satellite in 1957. Credit: NASA/Asif A. Siddiqi

seven astronauts standing together in their space suits

The Mercury Seven were the first group of astronauts selected to fly for Project Mercury. Front Row, left to right: Wally Schirra, Deke Slayton, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter; back row: Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, and Gordon Cooper. Credit: NASA

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Three astronauts standing side by side with a launchpad in the background

Astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee tragically lost their lives while preparing for the first manned Apollo flight. Credit: NASA

Earth as seen from the moon

Taken aboard Apollo 8 by astronaut Bill Anders, the iconic photograph “Earthrise” showed a new view of our planet. Credit: NASA


Hazards to human spaceflight

Hazards to human spaceflight

Swollen heads, increased cancer risk, and inevitable bickering are just a few of the major hurdles astronauts venturing to other worlds will face.

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