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The Space Age is 59 Today!

On October 4th, 1957, the Space Race burst into life, with early honours going to the Soviet Union. The launch of Sputnik, the world’s first artificial satellite, was a landmark in our species’ history – and it’s probably fair to say it took a few people by surprise . . .     What it […]

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On This Day: Alan Shepard

On this day, fifty-five years ago, Commander (later Rear Admiral) Alan Shepard became the first American in space, when he piloted the Mercury-Redstone 3 mission on a fifteen-minute sub-orbital flight. Although, three weeks earlier, on April 12th, the Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin had become the first human in space (and the first to orbit the […]

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On This Day: Konstantin Tsiolkovsky

The name most frequently associated with modern rocketry is that of Wernher von Braun (1912-1977), the German rocket scientist who moved to the United States at the end of the Second World War, known to many as ‘the Father of Rocket Science’. And, to be fair, when one considers that his career is more or […]

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Space Probes

Gateway is on record as being an ardent admirer of NASA and its wonderful Astronomy Picture of the Day site. Wanna know why?  Because this:   To boldly go . . .

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Happy Sputnik Day!

On October 4th, 1957, the Space Race burst into life, with early honours for the Soviet Union. The launch of Sputnik, the world’s first artificial satellite, was a landmark in our species’ history – and it’s probably fair to say it took a few people by surprise . . .     What it also […]

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The Space Shuttle’s Last Journey

On Sunday 14th October, the space shuttle Endeavour made its final journey. Not to the International Space Station or the Hubble Space Telescope or even to low Earth orbit – this trip was through the streets of Los Angeles. Over the course of three days, Endeavour was carried (as befits a hero) from LAX, past thousands […]

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