Propilot83 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 571 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1211 times:
Today NASA (the worlds largest space agency) celebrates the 42nd annviersary of the first american that first flew into space 42 years ago this day on May 5, 1961. That first american that flew into space this day 42 years ago was Astronaut Alan B. Shepard.
Positive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1 Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1156 times:
MxCtlr Amen to that. We should have been on Mars years ago, possibly decades ago. We certainly have had the technology to do it for a very long time, it's only the will that's lacking. At least the ISS is one step in the right direction. When it's complete in 2004 it could become a launching post to the moon/Mars. NASA really has excelled in the field of robotic exploration via space probes. Voyager 1 and 2, Pioneer 10 and 11, Galilaeo to Jupiter, Viking and Pathfinder to Mars, Cassini on its way to Saturn as we speak. Space probes have taught us a great deal but it's time to take the next step- a manned mission to Mars.
Positive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1139 times:
Passenger space flights will be a reality within the next 5 years. You can already buy a ticket for $100,000 for a sub-orbital flight up to 80 miles altitude. It's on the space tourism website. If you have the $$$$ then by all means you can be an astronaut.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12952 posts, RR: 79 Reply 8, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1135 times:
I agree with Mx and Positive, as for being 2nd, that was to the good, Shepard was pissed that he'd been prevented from launching before Gagarin, but if he had, even allowing for his flight being a 15 min sub-orbital hop, a poor relation to Vostok's orbit, would JFK have been stung into approving the Apollo Programme? I think not.
Then Shepard would have been 1st, but would not have made it to the Moon on Apollo 14.