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Space Exploration Day
Special Interest
Houston we have a problem!

When: July 20th

Where: United States

Traditional Celebration Ideas

Watch a space movie like the classic The right Stuff.  Read about the great space race that occurred between the United States and Russia in the competitive pursuit of space flight.  Find a telescope to look at the moon in detail tonight or at least take a meaningful gaze with your eyes at all the majestic stars that dot our skies in the night.
 

Numbers

According to the UCS ( Union of Concerned Scientists ) There are currently over 2,666 satellites orbiting earth.

Description

Between the years 1955 and 1972 there was important and intense space exploration competition between the worlds two superpowers in Russia and the United States.  It really started with the first successful launch of an earth satellite into space by Russia in 1957 and was followed up by and another astonishing accomplishment by the U.S. with the landing the first humans on the moon.  Since those years, both the U.S. and Russia have worked together on many international space missions.  In 1998 an artificial habitable satellite called The International Space Station (ISS) was established by 5 of the worlds space and exploration agencies. Most recently there has developed a sort of modern day space race and the quest to launch rockets, satellites and space tourism by private companies.  The race is led by three Billionaires Elon Musk, (Space Ex)  Richard Branson   (Virgin Galactic) and Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin.  

Interesting Facts

  1. In 2020 for the first time ever, a NASA launched astronauts on a spaceship made by a private company.  The company was Space Ex founded by Elon Musk.
  2. Silence is golden! The sound of space is complete silence.
  3. Halley's Comet will orbit past earth again in 2061.
  4. The spacesuit worn by NASA astronauts cost an astonishing $12 million.
  5. It cost about $25 Billion dollars to send the first man on the moon.
     

Information

Observed:
  • July 20th
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