Space Voyages

How much do you know about astronomy?

Today we have challenging questions about voyages in the solar system, inspired by that chapter in the Observer’s Handbook 2019.

Please get out a clean sheet of paper and a No. 2 pencil and prepare for today’s Astronomy Challenge.

If you find a mistake, please let me know.

You have up to ten minutes to complete the challenge today.

Begin now. Do your best.

  1. What nation launched the first artificial satellite of Earth?

 

  1. What nation was first to image the far-side of the Moon?

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  1. Which nation was first to launch a craft to fly by another planet?

 

  1. Name the third nation to design, build and launch its own satellite?

 

  1. Name the 1972 spacecraft that was the first to reach solar escape speed.

 

  1. In 1986, space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after launch. Name one of the astronauts killed in that explosion.

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  1. Who launched the craft to take the first images of a comet nucleus?

 

  1. Who was the first private citizen to pay for a spaceflight?

 

  1. In what year did China put its first “taikonaut” into orbit?

 

  1. What’s the most number of people together in one spacecraft?

 

 

OK, pencils down. Scroll down for directions for checking your answers.

 

Please read directions below:

Step 1: Please contribute to one of these charities linked below. If you are a winner and contribute, please ask recipient to notify me of the amount so I might match the first $100.

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  1. Michael J. fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

https://www.michaeljfox.org/

Click on “Get Involved”

  1. Guilford County Animal Shelter

       http://www.myguilford.com/animal-services/animal-shelter/

Look under “Donate to the Animal Shelter.”

  1. Guilford Senior Resources

http://senior-resources-guilford.org/

Look under “You Can Help”

  1. Jo Cline Memorial Endowment

https://www.gtcc.edu/community-engagement/cline-observatory/support-the-observatory-jo-cline.php

 

Step 2: Check your written answers to the answers below. If your answer is correct, give it a check mark.

Step 3: If your answer is wrong, put a small X.

Step 4: If you think my answer is questionable, write yourself a note, do the research and let me know if I’ve erred. Thanks in advance,

 

You are welcome to play with us during the next live broadcast of

“Let’s talk astronomy” this coming Monday beginning at 8 am eastern US time on Periscope.

Periscope is a live video streaming app for Android and iOS available in the App Store.

On Monday, January 28, 2019, our Astronomy Challenge was about voyages in the solar system.

The questions are given above, the correct answers and the winners are given below.

Congratulations to all winners and thank-you to all participants.

Play the Astronomy Challenge live on Periscope’s “ Let’s talk astronomy” 8 am (Eastern US time) on Mondays.

Correct Answers……..Periscope Winners:

  1. USSR……………….@BenSpiers: October 4, 1957. Sputnik 1 orbited for 3 weeks before the batteries died. There were 2 more months before it entered the atmosphere and burned-up. 1440 orbits in all.

 

  1. USSR………….@.jsevoli: Luna 5 in 1959

 

  1. USA……………..@Jason00Jason: Venus was the planet and Mariner 2 flew by in 1962.

 

  1. Canada………………@ ffdesormeaux :  Canada launched the Alouette 1 in 1962. It studied the ionosphere.

 

  1. Pioneer 10…………….@Suyog_92:   Pioneer 10, originally called “Pioneer F” was launched in 1972 by the USA. We lost radio contact in 2003 at 80 AU distant. By 2019, it is 121 AU away.
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Replica of plaque aboard Pioneer 10 and 11
  1. In 1986, space shuttle Challenger explosed 73 seconds after launch. Name one of the astronauts killed in that explosion.

Christa McAuliffe, teacher……………..@bernman1

Gregory Jarvis………………………..……..@jsevoli

Ron McNair,……………….……………..….@jhassle_

Ellison Onizuka…………………………….@Livecast 247

Judith Resnik………………….…………….@speear40

Dick Scobee, Commander….………….@fdesormeaux

Michael Smith, pilot…………..………….@jsevoli

 

  1. ESA……………….@Ben Spiers:   In 1986, the spacecraft Giotto visited comet Halley.

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  1. Dennis Tito……………….@Jason00Jason: Dennis Tito, an American engineer, launched in 2001 on the Soyez TM-32 and returned on the TM-31

 

 

  1. 2003…………..@bernman1:     He is Yang Liwai and he launched aboard the Shenzhou V. He made 14 orbits. He carried with him a gun, a knife and a tent.

 

  1. 13……………..@Trevor__Soze: The party was held n the International Space Station in 2009. Expedition 20/21 and SST 107.

 

 

 

Live Periscope viewers indicated that the topic for the Astronomy Challenge on Monday, January 28 will be constellations of the electro-magnetic spectrum.

 

Thanks goes out to all participants,

and

Congratulations to everyone who got one right.


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