History of Space Travel
Ancient man was fascinated
by the moon , stars and planets. Poems and songs have been written, moon cycles worshipped with ceremonies and
sacrifices, and even wars have been planned around the different cycles of stars and other celestial bodies.
As man studied the sky, the observation was soon made that the heavenly
bodies appeared to move in a regular manner. The bright sun rose every morning from the same direction, the east,
moved steadily across the sky during the day, and set in a nearly opposite direction, the west. At night it was
observed that more than 1,000 stars followed a similar course.
Man quickly discovered that this knowledge was useful in determining
the proper times for planting and harvesting crops, for religious ceremonies, and to navigate on long trading voyages
To learn about man's
journey to the stars, from his early knowledge of the planets,
to today's voyages to the far reaches of the galaxy, click on a button below.
rockets and Sputnik
how rockets work
satellites and probes
stars and black holes
future of space travel
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