The final space shuttle Atlantis landing on 21 July marked the sunset of NASA's 30-year space shuttle program. From the first victory of space science on April 12, 1961 by Yuri Gagarin’s two-hour Vostok 1 flight, a range of space missions ever flown leaving some unimaginable discoveries. Let’s review the most well-known space missions during a 50-year histor
Being an international celebrity as the first human being to journey into outer space, Yuri Gagarin gained many medals and honors, including Hero of the Soviet Union, the nation's highest honors. His first and only spaceflight on April 12, 1961 came into the history of Russia in particular and of all over the world in general, opened a new horizon in the development of space research. Along with Yuri Gagarin, Vostok 1 which was designed to carry a single cosmonaut was known worldwide for the first human spaceflight in history as well as the first orbital flight of a manned vehicle. That space mission was launched by the Soviet space program, and was designed by Soviet engineers guided by Sergey Korolyov under military supervision of Kerim Kerimov and others.
The first victory of space science was Yuri Gagarin’s two-hour Vostok 1 flight on April 12, 1961
famous astronaut described the Moon surface like powdered charcoal and the landing craft left a crater about a foot deep
First STS Mission
NASA's 30-year space shuttle program
Last Discovery Mission
Discovery mission was carried out successfully on March 9, 2011. Discovery was NASA's Orbiter Fleet leader, having flown 39 successful missions in over 27 years of service