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10 Most Famous Space Missions

Mission to space has tested the mettle of human capabilities and has proven to be one daunting task. Man’s eager desire of exploration and urge of answering  “Are we Alone ” has lead to some of the most extraordinary missions into space.

Here we have compiled a list of the 10 most famous space missions ever flown which have led to some unimaginable discoveries.

Yuri Gagarin


The very first triumph of space sciences came when Vostok-1 explored the unknowns of space on 12th April 1961. Yuri Gagarin’s 2 hours flight into space opened new horizons in development of space research.

Neil Armstrong


One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”, the most famous words of the 20th century when Neil Armstrong first stepped on the moon .20thJuly 1969, was considered to be the cornerstone of developmental progression in this field.

ISS Launch


The restlessness caused by the ambition and strong thoughts of the scientists lead them to work on ISS in 1998.In its microgravity environment in scientists conduct experiments in various fields of life. The ISS has been continuously staffed since 2 November 2000.

Apollo 13


The Apollo 13 mission was launched on April 11, 1970 from Kennedy Space Center. This mission was planned as a precision lunar. After about 56 hours of flight due to fault in oxygen and generator module mission was aborted and only few scientific investigations were carried out.

First STS Mission


STS-1 was the first space shuttle program launched on April 12, 1981. It traveled 1.074 million miles and orbited the Earth 37 times during its mission.

Challenger Crash


There have been a number of significant accidents in the history but the incident on January 28, 1986 of challenger space shuttle shatter the axis of NASA. Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff, killing all 7 crew members.

Columbia Crash


The Space Shuttle Columbia was the first space worthy shuttle in NASA’s orbital fleet. It was destroyed during re-entry over Texas on February 1, 2003 after a hole was punctured in one of the wings during launch, 16 days earlier. All 7 crew members died.

Last Discovery Mission


Space Shuttle Discovery’s last mission into space was to deliver Pressurized Multipurpose Module (PMM) Leonardo and the ELC-4 to the International Space Station.

Hubble mission


Nothing has explored our universe better than hubble telescope. After the launch of hubble in 1990, its has provided astrophysics with enormous details of our universe and has even helped them to calculate by which rate our universe is expanding.

Last STS (Atlantis) Mission


For the last time, the US Space Shuttle has approached the International Space Station (ISS). Following a dramatic launch from Cape Canaveral last week that was witnessed by an estimated one million people.

Author Ahsan Mukhtar and Saba

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