Space Exploration And Space Technology

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One of the most mysterious and most talked about areas is space. There are so many questions asked but yet have not been answered. Space has many discoveries to be uncovered. There 's only one problem with that, space travel can be very extraordinary in many ways but also very dangerous. Space exploration and space technology has a rich history, propelled by capable astronauts and programs, that unfortunately, has had some catastrophes that have grabbed headlines. Space Technology has many ways of discovering and exploring areas that have not yet been discovered physically by humans. The first kind of space technology was the telescope which was also a ground tool. Galileo, was an astronomer, was the first to point and look through the …show more content…
They one of the most complicated and dangerous jobs in the world. Some of the most unbelievable accomplishments are made by astronauts that we could only dream of achieving. For example, “Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first men on the moon in July 20, 1969” (“Space Exploration”). It is know as one of the biggest achievements in history. Also “Neil Armstrong said the famous words, “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” after landing on the moon on July 20th” (“The Space Race”). Even though those two astronauts are very familiar to a lot of americans, they were not the first to go into space. The first american astronaut to go into space was Alan Shepard Jr. Alan was launched into space on May 5, 1961 in the Mercury Redstone 3 (“Space Exploration”). That wasn’t the only big step taken. John Glenn was also an american astronaut who was great and also in space a lot longer than Alan Shepard Jr. “On February 20, 1962, John Glenn’s historic flight made him the first American to orbit Earth” (“A Brief”). Being the first american astronaut in space didn’t make the U.S. the first human in space disappointingly. The first human in space was a Soviet cosmonaut named Yuri Gagarin. He also orbited the Earth in a vostok spacecraft on April 12, 1961 during his historic trip (“Space Exploration”). The dream to be an astronaut and accomplish historic achievement is a long, hard, and dangerous path. It is also very difficult to get into such a program with a small submission period going from December 14 to February 18 to make a very important choice. This process also includes many applicants with very little spots open. Statistics say that “More than 18,300 people applied for 14 or fewer spots in NASA’s next astronaut class, shattering the 1978 record of 8,000 applicants” (Malik). The results for applications tripled the 2012 class of astronauts with more than 6,300 applicants

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