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Space Exploration Trivia

Based on the clues, name these facts about human space exploration.
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Last updated: April 29, 2019
First submittedOctober 15, 2013
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Clue
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First person on the moon
Neil Armstrong
Second person on the moon
Buzz Aldrin
First person to orbit Earth
Yuri Gagarin
First American to orbit Earth
John Glenn
Three-letter former Russian space station
Mir
Codename : US program to put a man in orbit
Mercury
Codename : US program to land a man on the moon
Apollo
Russian spacecraft docked at the
International Space Station as an escape pod
Soyuz
Space telescope launched in 1990
Hubble
Type of rocket used on the lunar missions
Saturn V
First man-made satellite to orbit Earth
Sputnik
City where NASA mission control is located
Houston
German rocket scientist who moved
to the U.S. after WWII
Wernher von Braun
NASA launch site
Kennedy Space Center
Russian version of astronaut
Cosmonaut
Chinese version of astronaut
Taikonaut
Name the Space Shuttles
Atlantis
Challenger
Columbia
Discovery
Endeavour
Enterprise
 
 
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The eagle has landed
One giant leap for mankind
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level 77
Dec 12, 2013
I knew Yuri's first name but couldn't recall his second, and I knew what a Souyez was from seeing the film Gravity but I couldn't figure out how to spell it.
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level 73
Dec 14, 2013
i guess you have never been to russia...his name is all over the country...parks, streets,etc
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level 77
Aug 20, 2016
I've been to Russia now. I don't think I'll ever forget his name again. But I still couldn't spell Souyez...
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level 74
May 21, 2017
Soyuz means union, as in USSR.
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level 68
Jul 22, 2019
Could you accept Soyus as well, please? The pronunciation would be the same anyway.
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level 52
Aug 20, 2016
I kept trying a bunch of things but were close to Gagarin but never got it :(
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level 66
Aug 23, 2016
The question is a bit weird, they use the soyuz to get to and from the space station regularly. It's not just an escape pod.
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level 61
Dec 12, 2013
Endeavor is spelt wrong, Wikipedia has it listed as Endeavour: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Shuttle_Endeavour NASA confirms it: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/stseducation/stories/F_The_Naming_of_Space_Shuttle_Endeavour.html
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level ∞
Dec 12, 2013
Fixed!
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level 63
Dec 12, 2013
Thank you, "Rocket Boys"!
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level 80
May 6, 2014
I realize this will change, but Taikonaut is pretty obscure, particularly when compared to the rest. Good quiz though!
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level 72
Jun 30, 2014
unless you're Chinese
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level 67
Aug 22, 2016
If you're Chinese you call them 航天员, hang tian yuan. I'd never heard the term "taikonaut" in Mandarin or in English.
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level 79
Jul 19, 2018
From looking up articles where it is actually used it seems to be the English language term coined to refer to Chinese astronauts. Its obscurity could just mean there have not been enough Chinese sent up to space yet.
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level 59
Aug 20, 2016
I have a better idea, let's just call them all with the same name. No more astro-cosmo-taiko debates.
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level 40
Jul 21, 2019
Wait, I also submit the french spationaute ! :p
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level 44
May 26, 2018
As a chinese person who's lived in China for some time, this is the first time I've seen "taikonaut".
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level 13
Apr 27, 2016
I'm shocked how many people didn't know who Yuri Gagarin is.
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level 67
Aug 20, 2016
I think a lot of people knew it, but just couldn't spell it correctly; that includes yours truly.
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level 80
Jul 22, 2019
It's spelled though exactly how it sounds. I don't think it's a spelling issue.
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level 56
Aug 20, 2016
No mention of Goddard who made the first rocket and is known as the "Father of modern rocketry"?
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level 20
Oct 19, 2016
True...haven't even heard bout von braun...
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level 67
Aug 20, 2016
Never heard of Werner Von Braun. You learn something new every day
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level 45
Aug 20, 2016
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5JmDNpjKYc
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level 61
Feb 7, 2017
Check out the movie I Aim at the Stars.
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level 70
Feb 23, 2017
" 'Once the rockets go up, who cares where they come down. That's not my department,' says Werner von Braun." - - - Thank you, Tom Lehrer! LOL!!!
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level 77
Jul 21, 2019
Definitely can't blame this one on being born in the UK.
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level 76
Jul 21, 2019
When I was growing up in the '60s Von Braun's name was always in the news and he was interviewed often on TV. I don't remember hearing about Goddard as much back then - I think he worked more in the background.
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level 65
Aug 23, 2016
You could add Buran to Space Shuttles list.
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level 58
Aug 23, 2016
I think Goddard should be accepted for Father of Rocket Science
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level 72
Aug 24, 2016
Maybe add a question in about the rovers, SpaceX or Juno to make it more up to date (let alone Pioneer / Voyager)
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level 70
Feb 23, 2017
Was expecting Valentina Tereshkova to make an appearance on this one, as the first woman in space. :-(
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level 28
Jan 13, 2018
kept trying 'huge leap for mankind' annoyed .
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level 45
Nov 2, 2018
I don't think Space Shuttle Enterprise should be included as one of the shuttles, seeing as how it was just used for atmospheric test flights and completely incapable of space flights, which makes it pretty obscure.
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level 37
Feb 17, 2019
When you get the least guessed answer without thinking or being Chinese... :)
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level 71
May 22, 2019
There's nothing 'trivial' about space exploration.
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level 66
Jul 21, 2019
Ugh, the least they could do is leave it as “Taikongnaut.” Chinese is not a very portmanteau-friendly language, which is only compounded by the fact that it doesn’t even come from a standard mainland term.
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level 69
Jul 22, 2019
The first person to orbit the Earth is certainly a milestone. The first person from the USA (or any particular country) to orbit the Earth is useless chauvinism. There are plenty of other interesting trivia that could be included instead.
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level 80
Jul 22, 2019
So you're saying that if the Soviets had dropped a man on the moon the year after the USA did, that no one would care about him or his name? It's perfectly legitimate to ask the first American to orbit as these were the only two space powers at the time. Not to mention that a lot more people get the Glenn answer than von Braun.