This is a bundle of 4 highly animated, power point presentation on The Space Race – Mercury, Gemini, Apollo & the Shuttle programs. The total number of slides in the presentations is 68. Each of the slides are editable so you can modify the slides if you need to.
When the Soviet Union beat the United States into space with the Sputnik mission in 1957 and with the first man into orbit in 1961. It caught the United States totally off guard. The United States responded by moving quickly to get a viable space program in place. This program became the Mercury space program. It was United States 1st organized effort to send the 1st astronauts to space in the early years of the Space Race.
The Mercury Project consisted of several unmanned test missions as well as several manned missions. At the end of the Mercury era, NASA prepared to move forward with the Gemini missions, in preparation for the Apollo missions to the Moon. The astronauts and ground teams for the Mercury missions proved that people could fly safely to space and return, and laid the groundwork for much of the technology and mission practices followed by NASA to this day.
Power point #1 is entitled, The Space Race – Project Mercury and contains 21 slides and covers the following:
The Mercury Program
The Dream of Space Travel
Guidelines for Technology
Standards of Construction
The Mercury Seven
The Astronauts Selected
L. Gordon Cooper
John Glenn Jr.
Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom
Walter H. "Wally" Schirra Jr.
Alan B. Shepard Jr.
Donald K. "Deke" Slayton
Summary of the Missions
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The major objective of Program Gemini was to develop some very specific spacecraft and inflight capabilities in support of upcoming Apollo Program. The Gemini program consisted of 12 two-man spacecraft that were designed to orbit the Earth and they were launched between 1964 and 1966 with 10 of the flights being manned.
Gemini was designed to experiment with and test the astronaut’s ability to manually maneuver their spacecraft. Gemini proved very useful by developing the techniques for orbital docking that would later be crucial for the Apollo series with their lunar landing. It led to the development of the Apollo Moon Landing Program.
Power point #2 is entitled, The Space Race – The Gemini Project and contains 13 slides and covers the following:
Gemini 1 & Gemini 3
Gemini 6 & Gemini 7
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Surveyor 1 made the first United States soft landing on the Moon on June 2, 1966. It was an unmanned lunar landing craft that took pictures and gathered data about the moon to help prepare NASA for the manned lunar landing that was being planned. The Soviet Union had beat the Americans with this by landing their own unmanned craft on the moon, Luna 9, four months previously.
The Apollo was designed to go to the moon and back and did accomplish that feat in 1969, Apollo alos experienced both tragedy and triumph while completing 11 space flights and 12 astronauts walking on the moon.
Tragedy struck on January 27, 1967 when the entire crew of 3 astronauts, Gus Grissom, Edward H. White, and Roger B. Chaffee, for the Apollo 1 mission suffocated to death from smoke inhalation during a cabin fire while in a launch pad test causing a redesign of the capsule for safety reasons.
History was made on July 20, 1969 when the Apollo 11 landed on the moon. Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin landed at the “Sea of Tranquility” and as Armstrong became the first human to step foot on the Moon, he proclaimed "That's one small step for a man. One giant leap for mankind."
Near tragedy struck again when the command module of Apollo 13 was ruptured by an explosion on April 13, 1970. The astronauts climbed into the lunar module and saved their lives by doing a slingshot around the Moon to speed up their return to Earth.
On January 5, 1972, President Richard Nixon announced the birth of the Space Shuttle program that was “designed to help transform the space frontier of the 1970's into familiar territory, easily accessible for human endeavor in the 1980's and '90's.” This would lead to a new era that would include 135 Space Shuttle missions.
Power point #3 is entitled, The Space Race – The Apollo Moon Landing Project and contains 17 slides and covers the following:
Apollo Spacecraft Cutaway
Tragedy & Lessons Learned
Apollo 9 & 10
Apollo 11 – Moon Landing
Kennedy’s Dream Realized
Conceived to reduce the cost of space flights, NASA's Shuttle Program originally was supposed to produce completely reusable vehicles, which would make launches routine and relatively cheap. The shuttle was later redesigned as semi-reusable. NASA’s previous space vehicles were costly because they were designed with the expendable launch-system technology, whereby each vehicle was launched, then discarded after one use.
In semi-reusable form, the shuttle completed dozens of successful missions, but 2 disasters have been etched into the nation's collective memory. The original idea of reaching space in vehicles that resembled airplanes rather than rockets dates to before World War II.
NASA's space shuttle program came to its official end on Aug. 31, 2011 after a 30 year run and 135 missions, just almost 1 month after the final mission landed on Earth.
Discovery, is now on display at the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in northern VA. Endeavour is on display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Atlantis, is on display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in FL. NASA's first 2 orbiters to fly, Columbia and Challenger, were lost with their crews to in-flight accidents in February 2003 and January 1986 respectively.
Power point #4 is entitled, The Space Race - The Shuttle Program and contains 17 slides and covers the following:
Apollo Missions Completed
Space Shuttle Program Begins
The Challenger Disaster
Hubble Space Telescope
The Columbia Disaster
End of the Shuttle Program
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This is one of many bundled power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading....The Space Race.