Thursday, March 30, 2006

History of Manned Space Missions

History of Manned Space Missions. This site is a chronological listings of American and Soviet manned missions from 1961-1993. It includes dates, crew biographies, and mission highlights.

While not extensive, there are brief notes on each mission and each astronaut or cosmonaut. For example, the Soyuz 21 (USSR) mission of 1976 is described as, "The two cosmonauts spent 49 days in space for a mission devoted to manufacturing and military stuff. They returned three weeks early due to physical and psychological problems."

Some of the astronaut profiles have more details. The biography of Tom Akers notes, "Tom Akers is an American astronaut who was born on May 20, 1951 in Missouri. Before he was an astronaut, Akers was a park ranger, teacher, and Air Force pilot. He has flown 25 different types of aircraft. Akers became an astronaut in 1987. He has flown four flights and has logged over 800 hours in space. In 1990, he flew aboard STS-41, where he helped put a probe into space. In 1992, he flew aboard the new shuttle, Endeavour and made four spacewalks. In 1993, Akers flew on the STS-61 mission where he helped repair the Hubble Space Telescope. Akers broke a U.S. record by spending 29 hours and 40 minutes in spacewalks on a single flight. In 1996, Akers flew aboard the STS-79, where he visited the Mir space station."

This is a nice quick ready reference resource for finding details about historic manned space missions. I hope that those responsible for the Windows to the Universe site where this resides will update the resource to cover the last 13 years soon.

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