As with any industry, there have been many high and low points to the space programs. Many of the low points came as loss of both life and much money. These also came mostly in the beginning of the space programs when we were still unsure of many of the variables that space presents. Many good people sacrificed their lives in the name of science and will be eternally remembered and honored. For every tragedy or low point there were several high points. With increasing technology will come safer and more reliable systems that will continue to blast humankind into space and expand out frontiers.
High and low points.
The Challenger Disaster.
How NASA has been important to us in the past and how it will continue to help us.
The fuel to start NASA.
The first NASA program.
Disasters on the Apollo program.
Apollo 7 and 11.
The first time a spacecraft was sent to explore Mars.
The Challenger disaster.
The original plan for the flight.
0.678 seconds in flight - noticeable puff of gray smoke seen.
The engines begin throttling back up after passing through an area of maximum dynamic pressure.
The bottom dome or cap to the External Tank.
The Orbiter in which the crew was contained.
How NASA is still important.
Inventions as a result of the space industry.
Aeronautical research or the development of newer and better flying machines.
The building of the new International Space Station.