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  Manned space mission : Manned space missions
A manned space mission is a space exploration mission with human crew, and possibly passengers (in contrast to unmanned space missions which are remotely-controlled or robotic space probes).
Manned space missions beyond Earth orbit have been carried out by the United States only: to the Moon.
The first manned space mission was the Vostok 1 on April 12, 1961: Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin made one orbit around the earth.
www.wordlookup.net /ma/manned-space-missions.html   (263 words)

 Space Future - Space Tourism: Spaceflight for the General Public
The "Space Frontier" is the main context of Man in Space for this discussion.
In the history of manned space flight, we find that the human population on the new frontier of space increased rapidly in the seventies, but remained almost constant through the eighties and until the present.
In this discussion, space tourism is considered to be a breakthrough to open the space frontier to the general public, and consequently to strengthen support for ongoing advanced space programs.
www.spacefuture.com /archive/space_tourism_spaceflight_for_the_general_public.shtml   (2188 words)

 BBC NEWS | Have Your Say | Is Nasa right to postpone space missions?
Space is a thing that has created much political competition but also is successful in uniting the citizens of the world in a time when we are becoming more and more divided each day.
Space exploration is vitally important to the future of humanity and those who too easily criticise the programme would do well to examine their apparently limited knowledge of the issues.
Space Research is the future of mankind, and for all those who complain about third world debt, or cancer research not receiving this funding, you are barking at the wrong tree.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/talking_point/4130788.stm   (8568 words)

 CNN.com - China celebrates space success - Oct. 7, 2003
China's fourth unmanned space capsule lands safely, boosting confidence that Beijing is set to launch its first manned spacecraft.
Quoting unnamed experts associated with the space program, the reports said the next launch -- planned for before the end of the year -- was expected to carry at least one Chinese astronaut.
In total China is thought to have some 14 astronauts undergoing training for space missions, all of them drawn from the elite of the air force's fighter pilots.
edition.cnn.com /2003/TECH/space/01/06/china.space   (645 words)

 Chronology of Manned Space Missions   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
This mission was a dress rehearsal for a lunar landing.
The third manned lunar landing was aborted due to an explosion aboard the command module on April 13.
The mission ended in tragedy when all three cosmonauts were killed by a sudden cabin leak on Yantar prior to their return to Earth.
www.windows.ucar.edu /tour/link=/space_missions/manned_table.html   (3072 words)

 Military & Aerospace Electronics - End of the line for manned space travel?
Manned space missions are expensive, dangerous, and quite frankly of dubious value.
Crushing pressure to keep the agency's manned space program on time and on budget — in an environment where there wasn't nearly enough of either — induced NASA officials to cut corners where safety and system reliability were concerned.
The need for the Space Station is another issue entirely, but suffice it to say that the station's future needs to be considered with a critical eye, given its ever-scaled-down mission and questionably adequate budget to support the program in the foreseeable future.
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 Manned space missions must continue
The relative cost of scientific components of manned space missions thus is usually marginal.
Their voyages have spurred the imaginations of many a child - including this one during the Apollo moon missions - who later might choose a career in science motivated, in part, by the excitement of watching astronauts probe the unknown.
If we are honest about the goals, there should be money to support good, unmanned science in space, as well as manned space missions that can teach us how humans can function and survive in space.
www.phys.cwru.edu /~krauss/spacemissions4.html   (658 words)

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Manned spaceflight is space exploration with a human crew and possibly passengers, which is in contrast to robotic space probes or remotely-controlled dog-manned space missions.
The term "manned" is accurate in terms of gender when speaking of all U.S. spaceflight programs before the Space Shuttle program and Soviet spaceflights before Vostok 6.
Apollo 10 was the next mission, and it tested the lunar landing craft in lunar orbit without actually landing.
web.mit.edu /roshanak/www/manned.htm   (450 words)

 Bush could announce new manned space missions to Moon and Mars   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
If approved by Congress, Bush's space program, NASA officials said, would be the most ambitious plan for space exploration since the late US president John F. Kennedy promised in 1961 to put a man on the moon before 1970.
The rover's picture-perfect landing was a shot in the arm for the US space program, which is still reeling from the loss nearly one year ago of the space shuttle Columbia, which disintegrated upon reentry in Earth's atmosphere on February 1, 2003.
NASA is also happy with the success of its Stardust comet-hunting space probe, which has captured hundreds of thousands of particles from the tail of the Wild-2 comet and is scheduled to land back on Earth in 2006.
www.marsdaily.com /2004/040109073646.zlve93za.html   (721 words)

 Russia's early manned space flight projects (1945-1963)
The overview of the early Russian manned space flight projects
A project of the A-4-derived manned rocket for suborbital flights.
The reentry capsule was dragged by the wind after landing.
www.russianspaceweb.com /spacecraft_manned_first.html   (237 words)

 American Experience | Race to the Moon | People & Events | PBS
No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish.
When, in his speech before a joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy set the goal of landing a man on the moon within the decade, only one American had been in space and much remained to be done.
Television newsman Walter Cronkite remembered the mission: "Gemini 8 began to tumble and they were working frantically in the spacecraft of course, but also on Earth to try to figure out how to stop the tumbling because otherwise you could not safely reenter.
www.pbs.org /wgbh/amex/moon/peopleevents/e_manned.html   (1029 words)

 China Eyes Manned Space Flight While Expanding international Launch Services
China would strive for sending its yuhangyuans (astronauts) into space in the early 21st century, key space officials said at the opening of Airshow China 2000 which was held last week (Nov. 6-12) in Zhuhai.
The rumoured second unmanned mission of Shenzhou, dubbed Shenzhou-2, near the time of the National Day celebration on October 1 had passed without a launch.
At the news conference a day later (Nov. 6) Luan Enjie, Director of the Chinese space agency China National Space Administration (CNSA), said that several yuhangyuans had been in training for the first manned space mission.
www.spacedaily.com /news/china-00zzp.html   (906 words)

 Dennis E. Powell on Space Exploration on National Review Online
The space shuttle is grounded, and its smaller sibling, the "orbital space plane," may not be built.
The cost of a shuttle mission has hovered around $500 million despite early claims that it would be much less and would allow payloads to be carried aloft for as little as $50 per pound.
The launch schedule has been unreliable, with many space customers wondering if their satellites would ever get to orbit; in some cases satellites have remained on the ground so long that their power supplies ran down and had to be replaced before launch.
www.nationalreview.com /comment/powell200312030858.asp   (1402 words)

 NASA Manned Missions
History of Manned Space Flight - Concise summaries of the United States' manned space programs with more in-depth coverage of the Apollo 1, Apollo 13, and Challenger space disasters.
Space Shuttle Chronology - A chronology of US Space Shuttle missions from 1981 to the present.
Space Shuttle Launches - Includes links to upcoming Shuttle flights, background information on Shuttle hardware, astronaut biographies, a bibliography on the history of the program, and the full text of the Shuttle Reference Manual.
www.ability.org.uk /nasa_manned_missions.html   (541 words)

 The Space Review: The Blue Gemini blues
A further problem was that the Air Force needed to figure out what missions a man could perform in space, and it made little sense to wait years for Dyna-Soar to offer that opportunity.
The Blue Gemini vehicle would essentially be an off-the-shelf NASA vehicle, although the later missions might require modifying the vehicle by replacing one of the astronauts with a payload.
That mission was successful, but the resolution was apparently so low that the super secret spy agency did not attempt to fly another radar satellite mission for two decades.
www.thespacereview.com /article/582/1   (2992 words)

 Al Rossiter: Press Forward on Manned Space Missions
Instead of building a large shuttle replacement, the revised plan would accelerate work on a smaller "orbital space plane." The space plane, too small to carry cargo, would be launched atop a conventional rocket and glide back to an airport landing like a shuttle but with a better heat protection system.
The spending plan said the space plane would be able to serve as a lifeboat for the space station by 2010 and as a crew ferry ship, when launched atop an expendable rocket, by 2012.
Next the White House and Congress must decide whether to extend the life of the shuttles, built on technology that already is a quarter of a century old, or bite the bullet again and proceed to a second generation shuttle.
www.dukenews.duke.edu /2003/02/shuttle0203.html   (907 words)

 collectSPACE - resources - flown artifacts - Articles Authorized to be Carried on Manned Spaceflight Missions
Articles authorized to be carried on manned space flight missions shall be limited to those items approved by the Administrator or his designee for inclusion in the OFK and the individual APKs in accordance with the provisions of this Instruction.
Each flight astronaut shall be permitted to carry certain items of a personal nature in his APK on each manned space flight mission for use by him as personal gifts for his immediate family and relatives (wives, children, parents, in-laws, brothers and sisters) or close friends.
The contents of the APKs for a given mission may be announced by the astronaut or his designee at a time of his choosing subsequent to the approval of the contents by the AA/MSF.
www.collectspace.com /resources/flown_nasa_articlescarried.html   (1113 words)

 SPACE.com -- India’s Space Agency Proposes Manned Spaceflight Program
The manned space mission “will be a national effort and mostly indigenous,” he added.
Nair said the Moon would be the ultimate target of the manned mission’s project because it is being considered as an intermediate base for planetary exploration and also as a possible source of minerals such as Helium-3, a nuclear fuel.
“Today, with space shuttle, international space station and all that, the gap in manned mission technologies that exists between India and countries like Russia and the United States is so wide it is going to be tough catching up without collaboration,” he said.
www.space.com /news/061110_india_mannedspace.html   (1200 words)

 Bush Could Announce New Manned Space Missions To Moon And Mars
NASA would develop an orbital space plane to ferry crews and cargo to the ISS -- a prototype could be ready by 2008, which could be later adapted for longer voyages to the Moon and Mars, NASA officials said.
Meanwhile US rivals continue their race towards space.
China plans to send its next manned space mission within two years, launch an unmanned lunar landing program in 2004, with a lunar satellite sent up by 2007, and also has long-term plans for a manned mission to Mars.
www.spacedaily.com /news/lunar-04d.html   (920 words)

 Space Missions
Each Speedmaster Professional model in the special 40th anniversary series displays on its dial at 9 o'clock one of the official patches from NASA's first manned space missions, from the August 1965 Gemini to the Skylab SL-4 mission of November 16, 1973.
These colourful, richly decorated patches relate the exceptional adventure of space exploration in which the Speedmaster Professional - the only watch worn on the Moon - was greatly involved.
Today, as part of the standard equipment of the astronauts and the cosmonauts during their walks in space, the OMEGA Speedmaster - from the manned space shuttle to interplanetary flights towards Mars - is there to record significant moments in time wherever man ventures!
www.omega.ch /index.php?id=331   (159 words)

 Manned: Missions at Canadian Content
Information on manned space flights, current and former astronauts, space stations, duration of flights, and launches.
European Space Agency ESA presents its long-term plans for the robotic and human exploration of solar system bodies that could contain traces of life.
Religious institutions, when manned by people of good moral character, benefit society greatly, as do all public institutions when manned by those of good moral character.
www.canadiancontent.net /dir/Top/Science/Technology/Space/Missions/Manned   (767 words)

 USATODAY.com - Famed Iowa space expert opposes Bush space plan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
DES MOINES — An Iowa physicist considered to be one of the founding fathers of space exploration opposes Bush administration plans for a space station on the moon and a manned mission to Mars.
The plan is expected to call for a settlement on the moon in 10 to 15 years, from which astronauts would launch a manned mission to Mars in 25 to 30 years.
Van Allen said he supported the Apollo manned space flights of the late '60s and early '70s, helping to restore faith in American technology during the Cold War.
www.usatoday.com /tech/news/2004-01-13-rise-robots_x.htm   (562 words)

 USATODAY.com - Report: China to recruit women for space travel   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
BEIJING (AP) — China will recruit women astronauts for future manned space missions as a result of pressure from a leading women's organization, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Sunday.
China's space craft designers will have to make minor changes to future space ships to accommodate women, the report said, quoting an unnamed official with the Beijing-based Space Medical Engineering Institute, which is responsible for training astronauts.
Xinhua has reported that 14 astronauts are being trained for the nation's next mission, which could happen as early as the first half of next year.
www.usatoday.com /tech/world/2004-03-08-china-women-space_x.htm   (308 words)

 RAS puts the case for manned space missions | The Register
The Royal Astronomical Society Commission has called on the UK government to reconsider its deep-seated opposition to space exploration by humans, and outlined several areas of scientific exploration that can only be done with real people.
He acknowledges that the funding for such missions could not be raised by trimming other space exploration budgets: "New money would have to be raised".
Man on the Moon —; Magical images of American astronaut's on...
www.theregister.co.uk /2005/10/19/ras_manned_space_flight   (785 words)

 OneWay to Mars: Lifetime manned space missions to the Red Planet   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Traditionally, proposals for manned Mars were very large and expensive missions costing hundreds of billions of dollars, akin to the Apollo program to get to the Moon.
All these missions assumed that it was necessary to return the explorers to the Earth at the end of the mission.
A number of the attendees expressed willingness to be crewmembers if the mission ever is funded, so we feel that there is a pool of qualified and willing volunteers.
www.retro.com /employees/gherbert/Space/OneWay/index.html   (320 words)

 International Space Station Manned Missions
The International Space Station Missions page lists all the manned missions to the ISS in chronological order.
The construction of the International Space Station stopped due to the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster on 1 February 1, 2003.
The flight was the Space Shuttle return to flight mission.
www.aerospaceguide.net /iss/missions.html   (238 words)

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