U.S. Manned Space Flights
Click on the symbol of each mission to see
NASA's complete list of the spaceflights for that mission.
Project Mercury 's mission was to put a man in orbit,
see how he would function in space, and return him safely to Earth. Project
Mercury's First manned mission took place on May 5, 1961 and lasted 15
minutes. The capsule, Freedom 7, was powered by a Redstone 3 rocket. Piloted
B Shepard Jr. The last mission took place
on May 15th through May 16th 1963 and lasted 34 hours and 19 minutes. The
capsule, Faith 7, was powered by a Atlas 9 rocket. Piloted by
L Gordon Cooper Jr.
Project Gemini's goals were to put man and machine in orbit for up to two
weeks, to dock and rendezvous in space, and to perfect methods of re-entering
the Earth's atmosphere and land on a pre-selected point on land. Gemini
first manned mission was Gemini III, and took place on March 23, 1965.
It lasted 4 hours and 53 minutes, and orbited the Earth 3 times. It was
piloted by Virgil I.
"Gus" Grissom and
John W. Young. An
important event in the history of space travel. Gemini mission IV was the
first US example of extra-vehicular activity (space walk). This mission
took place on June 3, 1965 to June 7, 1965. The mission lasted 97 hours,
56 minutes, and 11 seconds. It orbited the Earth 62 times. It was
piloted by James A. McDivitt and Edward
H. White who did the space walk. The last Gemini mission was Gemini
XII. It took place on Nov. 11, 1966 to Nov. 15, 1966. It lasted 94 hours,
34 minutes, and 31 seconds. It was piloted by James
A. Lovell Jr. and Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr.
It orbited the Earth 59 times.
Apollo's goals were to explore the moon, to develop man's capability to
work in the lunar environment, establish the technology to meet other national
interest in space, and to achieve preeminence in
space for the United States. Apollo's first manned mission was Apollo 7.
It took place on October 11, 1968 through October 22, 1968. It orbited
the Earth 163 times. It was piloted by Walter M.
Schirra, Jr., Donn F. Eisele, and Walter Cunningham. Apollo 11 played
an important role in the history because it was the first U.S. mission
to go to the moon. It took off on July 16, 1969, it landed on the moon
on July 20, 1969, and it landed on Earth July 24, 1969. It was piloted
by Neil Armstrong, Michael
Collins, and Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin. The
last Apollo mission was Apollo 17. It took place on December 7, 1972 through
December 19, 1972. It was piloted by Eugene
A. Cernan, Ronald E. Evans, and Harrison H. Schmitt. It also carried
the last men on the moon.
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