“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet.” – Stephen Hawking
There is no question that space exploration has progressed technology, increased our understanding of the world around us, and inspire us to new heights. Space travel continues to inspire us today. Here is our list of 10 inspiring moments in space exploration. Please share what other inspiring space moments you think should be on the list.
10. Space X Falcon Heavy Launch
Space X Falcon Heavy launch was a big deal for the future of Space X and the future of private space enterprise. While the launch is smaller than NASA’s Saturn V rocket, it is the largest rocket today. Space X was able to save two of the three boosters, showing that space exploration can cost a considerable amount less.
Space X also put into orbit Space Man flying a Tesla Roadster.
9. Red Bull Space Jump
While this moment may be less significant than others, it was a highly watched event world-wide. I remember be on the edge of my seat as Felix Baumgartner begins to tumble toward earth. The world cheered as we watched a new world record in the making.
8. Space X Vertical Booster Landing
Space X first vertical booster landing on land and on sea were definitely inspiring. This is leading the way to reducing the cost of space travel and private space flight.
7. Hubble Space Telescope
The Hubble telescope is the largest and most versatile. It was designed to be serviced in space. It has led to many breakthroughs in astrophysics.
6. Apollo 13
There have been many accidents during the exploration of space. Apollo 13 is inspiring. Despite a list of critical issues, the team was able to make repairs and return safely to earth.
5. Mars Rover Landing
There have been four successful Mars rovers. These rovers have been able explore the surface of mars and send information back.
4. International Space Station
The International space station is a research lab in space. It gives scientist the ability to do research that would be otherwise impossible.
The Russian Sputnik both inspired space exploration and terrified much of the world. It is highly significant because it is marked as the beginning of the space race.
2. First Man in Space
Yuri Gagarin was the first man in orbit. This moment was inspirational and would be followed by many more.
1. First Man on the Moon
“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” – Neil Armstrong
The first man on the moon broke barriers thought of as impossible.