Space History

This tag contains all articles that pertain to the history of astronomy and Aerospace.

An artist rendition of the Dongfanghong-2 spacecraft. Dongfanghong-2 - 40 years ago today

On the 8th of April 1984, a Long March 3 lifted off from Launch Complex 3 of the Xichang Satellite Launch Center bound for a geostationary transfer orbit. Aboard the rocket was the Dongfanghong-2 communications satellite. Dongfanghong-2 was part of the Shiyong Tongbu Tongxing Weixing (實用定位通訊衛星), which literally means Operational

Apr 8, 2024 3 mins

Columbia lifting off from Launch Complex 39A for STS-1. ©NASA STS-1 - An icon spreads her wings

On the 12th of April 1981, a new launch vehicle took to the skies for the first time from the United States. This debut flight would be like no other as crew were onboard too, with a plan to land a part of the vehicle on a runway too. The

Apr 6, 2024 5 mins

Vostok-1 atop of its R-7 rocket during rollout to the launchpad. First steps into the Universe: Vostok 1 & 6

For almost the past sixty-three years people have been traveling to and from space with almost seven hundred people traveling past the Kármán line and looking back down on the Earth below. Few people are aware of the almost a dozen humans in space permanently now and even fewer know

Mar 11, 2024 3 mins

The Chang'e 4 lander as seen by the Yutu-2 rover. ©CNSA/Thomas Appéré Celebrating five years since Chang'e 4's historic landing!

It has been over five years since the Chang'e 4 lunar lander landed on the far side of the Moon. The lunar landing occurred at 02:26 am Coordinated Universal Time on the 3rd of January 2019 touching down the Von Kármán crater in the South Pole-Aitken Basin.

Jan 5, 2024 3 mins

An engineer working on the Sputnik-1 spacecraft. Sputnik - Catalyst for the Space Age

In October 1957 the people of Earth became aware of a second satellite circling the planet, this one however was artificial and man-made. Sputnik-1 was the first artificial satellite launched from Earth on the 4th of October 1957 from Baikonur Cosmodrome in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics atop of

Oct 5, 2023 2 mins