In our last blog, we talked about some of the greatest space vehicles in space history. We were talking about this because of your recent interest in the field of astronautics. Astronautics have come a long way since the 1960’s and that is just the tip of the iceberg. With technology continuing to change everyday, there is no telling where our space vehicles could go 10 years from now. For now, we will continue with the astronautics of the past.
Mercury was the first manned space vehicle and only had enough space to hold one person. The first Mercury mission was launched in 1931 and was followed by three more until May of 1963.
After successful Mercury missions, NASA turned its attention to the moon and they came up with a larger capsule, Gemini. Between 1965-1966, there were 10 missions that had the capabilities of orbital maneuvering, spacewalking, extravehicular activity and rendezvous and docking.
The most popular space vehicles by a landslide and that is because of its astounding success. Although Apollo 1 was a disaster, it lead researchers to make critical design changes. NASA designed 10 more space missions which included the world’s greatest achievements of landing on the moon with Apollo 11 in 1969.
Apollo’s Lunar Module
The first space vehicle that was designed without aerodynamic concerns, the Lunar Modules allow the astronauts to get to the surface of the moon and back into space safely. The Lunar Module that was with Apollo 11 was named “Eagle” hence the quote “the Eagle has landed”.
There you have it; some of the greatest spacecrafts that have ever been made and maybe one day, you can be right there helping build the next great astronautic vehicle. Call TSTI today to find out more information.