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Space Shuttle

Space Shuttle

The Space Shuttle was a manned, reusable spacecraft operated by NASA.

Geography

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Hubble Space Telescope

The Hubble Space Telescope orbits outside the distorting influence of Earth´s atmosphere.

Interesting astronomy facts

This animation presents some interesting facts in the field of astronomy.

ISS

The International Space Station is a habitable satellite built with the cooperation of 16 countries.

Weightlessness

A spacecraft on its path is in a constant state of free fall.

Moon landing: 20 July 1969

Neil Armstrong, one of the crew members of Apollo 11 was the first man to set foot on the Moon.

Satellite types

Satellites orbiting the Earth can be used for civilian or military purposes.

The life-cycle of the Solar System

The formation of the Sun and the planets started with the contraction of a dust cloud about 4.5 billion years ago.

Voyager space probes

The Voyager space probes were the first man-made objects to leave the Solar System. They gather data about outer space and carry information about humanity.

Kepler´s laws of planetary motion

The three important laws describing planetary motion were formulated by Johannes Kepler.

Planets, sizes

The inner planets of the Solar System are terrestrial planets while the outer planets are gas giants.

Satellite navigation, GPS

The Global Positioning System consists of 24 satellites but only 4 have to be visible for positioning.

Sputnik 1 (1957)

The Soviet-made satellite was the first spacecraft to be launched into outer space (in October 1957).

The Dawn mission

Studying Ceres and Vesta will help us learn more about the early history of the Solar System and how rocky planets are formed.

The development of celestial mechanics

This animation introduces the studies of astronomers and physicists whose works fundamentally changed our view of the universe.

The New Horizons mission

The New Horizons space probe was launched in 2006, with the objective to study Pluto and the Kuiper Belt.

Mars Exploration Program

Space probes and Mars rovers examine the structure of Mars and possible traces of life.

Observatory

Observatories are often built at high elevations to minimise the effects of atmospheric turbulence

States and cities of the USA

This animation demonstrates the states and largest cities of the USA.

Yuri Gagarin's journey to outer space (1961)

Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space on 12 April 1961.

Apollo 15 mission (Lunar Rover)

The animation shows the two-seater Lunar Rover used in the Apollo 15 mission

Fusion reactor

Nuclear fusion will serve as an environmentally friendly and practically unlimited source of energy.

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