SpaceX's first space station-bound Dragon spacecraft, flying atop a Falcon 9 rocket, launches behind a high fidelity mockup of the space shuttle 5/22/2012, financed by billionaire Elon Musk. (click on picture for website)
Animals in Space Laika November 3, 1957 Country launched from: Russia
Animals in Space GORDO First Monkey In Space Launch Date: December 13, 1958 Country Launched From:USA
The Space Race First Human In Space YURI GAGARIN Launch Date: April 12, 1961 Country Launched From:Russia Capsule Name: Vostok
The Space Race First American Man In Space ALAN SHEPARD Launch Date: May 5, 1961 Country Launched From:USA Capsule Name: Freedom 7
The Space Race First American Man To Orbit The Earth JOHN GLENN Launch Date: February 20, 1962 Country Launched From:USA Capsule Name: Friendship 7 Number of Orbits: 3
F OR AND AGAINST THE SPACE PROGRAM : Launch and repair satellites Allow scientific experiments National pride U.S. recognized as the world leader in science and education Military and strategic use Quest to explore unknown Created jobs Dangerous Costly Benefits do not justify the cost Some harmful effects on the environment Take away from other social programs here in the U.S.