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Space Exploration Quiz


  1. What was the name of the spaceflight that first landed humans on the Moon?
  2. Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin were the first of how many men to walk on the Moon?
  3. In 1973 the first American space station was launched - what was it called?
  4. On March 18, 1965, cosmonaut Aleksey Leonov became the first person to do what?
  5. Who was the first woman in space?

  6. What was the name of the American space program which was the first to take soil samples from the surface of Mars?
  7. What was the name of the Russian space station that operated in low Earth orbit from 1986 to 2001?
  8. Can you name the last man to walk on the moon?
  9. Who was the first human to orbit Earth?
  10. Which British astronaut became the first British person in space?
  11. Can you name the most distant man-made object in space?
  12. Who was the first American to travel into space?
  13. Name the European Space Agency mission that became the first spacecraft to make close up observations of Halley's Comet in 1986?
  14. Which country made the first soft landing on the far side of the Moon?
  15. Named after the first American ship to circumnavigate the upper North American Pacific coast, what was the name of the first Space Shuttle?
  16. In 1983 who became the first American woman in space?
  17. Which space telescope was launched into low Earth orbit in 1990 and still remains in operation?
  18. Who was the commander of the aborted Apollo 13 mission?
  19. Which space telescope was launched by NASA in 2009 to discover Earth-size planets orbiting other stars? (Hint: it was named after a key figure in 17th-century astronomy)
  20. What name was given to NASA's second human spaceflight programme? It was conducted between projects Mercury and Apollo.


  1. Apollo 11
  2. 12
  3. Skylab (the Soviet Union's Salyut 1 was the world's first space station)
  4. Walk in space
  5. Valentina Tereshkova
  6. Viking
  7. Mir
  8. Eugene Cernan
  9. Yuri Gagarin
  10. Helen Sharman
  11. Voyager I (as of November 2021 it is nearly 14.5 billion miles from Earth)
  12. Alan Shepard
  13. Giotto
  14. China (2019)
  15. Columbia
  16. Sally Ride
  17. The Hubble Space Telescope
  18. Jim Lovell
  19. The Kepler space telescope
  20. Project Gemini

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