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Which Countries Have Landed a Spacecraft on the Moon Through 2024?

With Japan successfully landing the Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM) on the moon, they are the 5th country to ever land (soft landing) an unmanned aircraft on the moon. To celebrate this amazing accomplishment, let’s take a look at the 5 countries that have made the journey to the moon. *Note: For this article, …

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Why John F. Kennedy Was Instrumental in the Development of Space Exploration?

The 20th century saw some of the most remarkable advancements in human history, and one of the most iconic achievements of this era was the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969. This historic event was the culmination of years of scientific innovation, dedication, and the unwavering vision of President John F. Kennedy. JFK’s instrumental role …

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How Storks Inspired the Lilienthal Brothers’ Advancements in Aviation

For centuries, the migratory white stork has been a cherished visitor to Europe. These elegant birds have a habit of building their massive stick nests atop human rooftops and chimneys, foraging in fields, and starring in myths and legends. They have been associated with good luck and even provide a childhood explanation for the origin …

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Hermann Oberth & the Oberth Effect: The Man Who Revolutionized Rocketry

There have been few individuals that have had such a profound impact on rocketry like Hermann Oberth. The German Father of Rocketry stands as a pioneer whose groundbreaking work not only propelled the field of astronautics but also laid the foundation for humanity’s space exploration. His legacy remains a foundation for the future of rocket …

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The History of the Mir Space Station: The International Space Station Predecessor 

In the history of space exploration, one name that stands out as a testament to human innovation, collaboration, and determination: is the Mir Space Station. The Mir Space Station, a product of the Soviet Union’s pioneering efforts, not only marked significant milestones in space science but also showcased the potential of international cooperation in the …

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How Much Does It Cost to Launch a Rocket? The Historical Data of the Space Shuttle, Saturn V, Falcon 9 Launch Costs & More

Introduction While space launch vehicles exhibit diverse characteristics, their fundamental objective remains consistent: ensuring the secure placement of payloads into Earth’s orbit. Distinct differences between these vehicles, such as overall lifting capacity and the incorporation of reusable components, can significantly influence launch expenses. This dataset compares launch costs among space launch vehicles by incorporating various …

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How to STEAL a 25,000 lbs Satellite Straight Out of Space with the Space Shuttle

The Space Shuttle program spans over 30 years and boasts an impressive record of more than 100 missions. Throughout its remarkable journey, the Space Shuttle exhibited a wide range of capabilities, becoming a pioneering force in space construction and satellite servicing missions.  Among the diverse missions, one particular plan – Shuttle Reference Mission 3B – …

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