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Why are there dozens of dead animals floating in space?

Neil Armstrong may have been the first man on the moon, but he wouldn't have gotten there without fruit flies, rhesus monkeys or a dog.

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  • Will humans be living in space in the next 50 years?

    Will humans be living in space in the next 50 years?

    These outer space abodes will have to protect inhabitants from extreme temperatures, radiation and flying moon dust. One man is actually selling deeds for lunar property at $20 a pop. Seriously? See more »

  • How do astronauts function in their space suits for hours at a time?

    How do astronauts function in their space suits for hours at a time?

    I would like to know how an astronaut, who is in a space suit for hours, can eat, drink and eliminate fluid- and solid-waste byproducts? What "mechanics" are built into the suit and how do they operate? See more »

  • How long can a human survive in outer space?

    How long can a human survive in outer space?

    How long can a human survive in outer space? In science fiction movies, this seems to be an area of much creative license, with some people exploding instantly, and others surviving for nearly a minute without long-term ill effect. I read once that one's blood would boil, but I read elsewhere that this isn't true. So what is it? See more »

  • Neil Armstrong Is the First Man on the Moon

    Neil Armstrong Is the First Man on the Moon

    Neil Armstrong's "one small step" signified a completely new achievement for humankind. Learn about the mission that put the first man on the moon. See more »

  • Aldrin, Edwin E., Jr.

    Aldrin, Edwin E., Jr.

    Aldrin, Edwin E., Jr. (1930-), a United States astronaut. He was the second human being, after Neil Armstrong, to set foot on the moon. See more »

  • Armstrong, Neil A.

    Armstrong, Neil A.

    Armstrong, Neil A. (1930-), a United States astronaut. As commander of the spaceship Apollo 11, he was the first human being to set foot on the moon. See more »

  • Bluford, Guion Stewart, Jr.

    Bluford, Guion Stewart, Jr.

    Bluford, Guion Stewart, Jr. (1942-), a United States astronaut. Bluford became the first black American in space while serving as a crew member on the shuttle Challenger during its flight in August, 1983. See more »

  • Collins, Michael (U.S. astronaut)

    Collins, Michael (U.S. astronaut)

    Collins, Michael (1930- ), a United States astronaut. He was a member of the Apollo 11 crew, which effected the first moon landing. See more »

  • Glenn, John H.

    Glenn, John H.

    Glenn, John H. (Herschel), Jr. (1921-), a United States astronaut and politician. See more »

  • Ride, Sally K

    Ride, Sally K

    Ride, Sally K. (Kristen) (1951-), a United States astrophysicist and astronaut. She was the first American woman to fly in space, being a crew member on the space shuttle Challenger flight of June, 1983. See more »

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