1958 National Aeronautics and Space Act establishes NASA.
1961 Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first
human in space. A month later, Alan Shepard becomes the
first American in space.
Kennedy vows to land
Americans on the moon.
1962 John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit Earth. Mariner 1, America's first
attempt at an interplanetary spacecraft, ends up at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.
1965 Mariner 4 flies past Mars, sending back the first images of the Red Planet's surface.
This month, astronauts will deliver an even better internal eye to the Hubble Space Telescope.
By Suzanne Kantra Kirschner & Michael Moyer (Editors)Posted 01.25.2002 at 1:46 pm 0 Comments
It's arguably the most powerful scientific instrument ever created, adept at inspecting exploding stars and glimpsing billions of years back in time. Yet the Hubble Space Telescope is really just a giant orbiting lens, only as good as the camera within. This month, astronauts will deliver an even better internal eye, the Advanced Camera for Surveys. The upgrade will allow Hubble to operate 10 times more quickly. Here is a brief history of the telescope that changed the way we think about the universe.