National Aeronautics and
The era of space exploration began in 1957, when the Soviet Union launched the first
satellite, Sputnik, into Earth orbit October 4, 1957. The Soviet also were the first to launch a
manned spacecraft when Yuri Gagarni, made one orbit around the Earth in 1961. Americans
were electrified by the news. A year later the Soviets issued an ultimatum that the Western
Allies evacuate Berlin. Next came a proposal that Berlin become a free city. There waere fears
that the Cold War of coexistence could turn into a world war.
America also had goals they wanted to fulfil. A year later the United States Congress
passed the National Aeronautics and Space Act to promote and coordinate the United States
space program. In 1958 the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was established,
commonly referred to NASA. Shortly after NASA's founding, the launching site at Cape
Canaveral, Florida, and the Johnson Sp
Gemini 7, in which Frank Borman and James A. Lovell, Jr., set a space-flight endurance record
lead to a better understanding of the effects of aging. His involvement makes a bold statement
when the craft emerged from behind the moon. At about this time the long-discarded Saturn
Collins, Micheal, Liftoff: the story of america's adventure in space
ace Center in Houston Texas were planned and built.
orbital test flights from April 1981 to July 1982. The first flight (STS 1) was flown by astronauts
for the commencement and progress of space missions. The facilities that provide this
flight, Lovell and Haise entered Aquarius and began checking systems. Suddenly a loud bang
of the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, Tex., and the John F. Kennedy Space Center
and productive aging. He studied the similarities between space travel and aging on his own, and
vehicles were the world's first maneuverable manned spacecraft. In the first manned Gemini
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