Pop Quiz: People paving the way

This month’s pop quiz is all about people who have made significant contributions in space travel. Take the quiz to test out your space history knowledge!

What year did Robert Goddard launch the first liquid fueled rocket?

Goddard Rocket
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Robert Goddard, informally known as the father of modern rocketry, launched the first liquid fueled rocket on March 16, 1926. That first successful launch laid the foundation for practical rocket technology, and paved the way for the future of America's space program. In fact, every liquid-fueled rocket engine today can trace their technical heritage to this early rocket and to Goddard’s ingenuity.

Orion Program Manager Catherine Koerner is based at which NASA location?

Catherine Koerner
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Orion Program Manager Catherine Koerner is based at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. It is at this location in which visitors to the center can actually catch a glimpse of Orion, NASA’s crewed space vehicle, which is being evaluated and tested by astronauts in Building 9 as engineers finalize its design.

Who was the last man on the Moon?

Apollo 17
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Apollo 17 astronaut Eugene Cernan was the last man to walk on the Moon. However, this might not be the case for much longer, as the Artemis program is aiming to return astronauts to the Moon by 2024.

Which of the following NASA astronauts is part of the Artemis Team?

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NASA astronaut Jonny Kim is part of the Artemis Team, which aims to land the first woman and the next man on the Moon by 2024.

Who was the first American in space?

Freedom 7
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In 1961, NASA astronaut Alan Shepard became the first American in space, just a month after Yuri Gagarin became the first person in space.

Who was the first female Space Shuttle pilot and first female shuttle commander?

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Eileen Collins became the first female shuttle pilot in 1995 with STS-63, and the first female shuttle commander in 1999 with STS-93.

Who was NASA's first flight director?

Chris Kraft
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NASA's first flight director was Chris Kraft, who played an integral role in NASA’s origins, helping to shape the function of Mission Control. Learn more about the legendary first flight director here.

What was the first operational crewed flight of the Crew Dragon spacecraft?

SpaceX Crew-1 launch
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The first operational crewed flight of a Crew Dragon spacecraft was NASA's SpaceX Crew-1 mission, which launched NASA astronauts Shannon Walker, Mike Hopkins, and Victor Glover, with JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi, to the ISS on Nov. 15, 2020.

Pop Quiz: People paving the way

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