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Space Shuttle

Plans for the Space Shuttle were created in 1972 as a way to keep the cost of spaceflight down. The first space shuttle orbiter Enterprise flew in 1977, and in 1981 the reusable craft Columbia started to fly missions. The...

Space Race, The

In the 1950's and 1960's, the USA and the Soviet Union raced each other to be first into space. The Soviet Union won. On 4 October 1957, the Soviets launched Sputnik 1, the first spacecraft to circle...

Skylab

In July 1979, people began to stare nervously at the sky. After six years in space, Skylab, the orbiting US space laboratory, was due to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere, but no one knew exactly where the...

Neil Armstrong

1 9 3 0 - 2 0 1 2 Armstrong was born on 5 August 1930 in Wapakoneta, Ohio. He made 78 flights as a fighter pilot during the Korean War and was a test pilot on...

Moon Landing (1969)

It seemed the whole world had stopped. Then, clear as crystal, came those immortal words . . . "That's one small step for man - one giant leap for mankind". The speaker: American astronaut Neil Armstrong....

Apollo 13 (1970)

America’s third moon mission, Apollo 13, was launched on 11 April 1970. The crew of astronauts James Lovell, John Swigert and Fred Haise had ignored popular superstition and decided not to jump from Apollo 12 to...

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The Who make 1970s ticket offer

20 July 2012 Fans with tickets for a cancelled 1979 concert by The Who in Rhode Island, USA, will be able to use them when the band return to the venue next year. The gig by the...