EXHIBITS: Space-Flight Chronicle

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Science  05 Sep 2003:
Vol. 301, Issue 5638, pp. 1299
DOI: 10.1126/science.301.5638.1299a

The Columbia space shuttle disaster and its aftermath (see p. 1300) are the latest upheavals in a long history of space exploration. Chances are, you probably remember only the highlights: Apollo 11 touching down on the moon, perhaps, or Apollo 13 limping back to Earth after an oxygen tank exploded onboard. Anyone who wants a refresher on specific missions should check this site from NASA, which spans the Mercury program of the late 1950s and early 1960s through the last space shuttle flight of 2002. You can find information such as descriptions of the flights, crew lists, and synopses of scientific achievements. But the stars of the site are the hundreds of period photos. Above, for instance, Apollo 16's John Young takes the lunar rover for a spin in April 1972.


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