A Brief History of the United States Astronomy Spacecraft and Crewed Space Flights
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Audience: Educators
Grades: 5-8


The early successes of Sputnik and the Explorer series spurred the United States to develop long-range programs for exploring space. Read a history of some of the spacecraft that NASA has used to study the universe.

A Brief History of the United States Astronomy Spacecraft and Crewed Space Flights [328KB PDF file]

This history of U.S. astronomy spacecraft is part of the Space-Based Astronomy Educator Guide.