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Space Flight Mission
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Launch Programs
Project Mercury
Initiated in 1958, completed in 1963, Project Mercury was the United States' first man-in-space program.

Project Gemini
The second U.S. manned space program was announced in January 1962. Gemini involved 12 flights, including two unmanned flight tests of the equipment.

The mission started with the Russian Soyuz launch on July 15, 1975, followed by the U.S. Apollo launch on the same day. Docking in space of the two craft occurred on July 17, and joint operations were conducted for two full days. Both spacecraft landed safely and on schedule.

Space Shuttle
The Space Shuttle is a viable part of American History. Standing as one of NASA's foremost projects, the shuttle has accomplished many tasks that have enhanced the quality of life on Earth. View archives of every shuttle mission here.
NASA Space History

Project Apollo

"I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important in the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish."

John F. Kennedy
Special Joint Session of Congress
May 25, 1961

IMAGE: Apollo Program Insignia

Station Programs
Designed for long duration missions, Skylab program objectives were twofold: To prove that humans could live and work in space for extended periods, and to expand our knowledge of solar astronomy well beyond Earth-based observations.

Phase 1 was a NASA program encompassing 11 space shuttle flights over a four-year period. It used existing assets - primarily U.S. shuttle orbiters and the Russian Space Station Mir - to build joint space experience and start joint scientific research.

International Space Station
The most complex engineering and construction project in the world is taking place in space. 16 countries and over 100,000 people are contributing to this monumental achievement.

History Reference
NASA's History Office
Since its inception in 1958, NASA has accomplished many great scientific and technological feats in air and space.

NASA Histories On-line
On-line versions of more than 100 NASA history publications are available at this Web site.

Walking to Olympus: An EVA Chronology
An online PDF (3.5M) chronicle of EVAs conducted since the dawn of the space age.

Yesterday's Space Facts
Search the Human Space Flight Web's archive of Space Facts.

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