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The Race into Space

The Race into Space



Space exploration is the use of astronomy and space technology to explore outer space. Physical exploration of space is conducted both by human spaceflights and by robotic spacecraft. While the observation of objects in space, known as astronomy, predates reliable recorded history, it was the development of large liquid-fueled rocket engines during the early 20th century that allowed physical space exploration to become a reality. Common rationales for exploring space include advancing scientific research, uniting different nations, ensuring the future survival of humanity and developing military and strategic advantages against other countries. Various criticisms of space exploration are sometimes made, generally on cost or safety grounds.
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NASA Space Shuttle Endeavour with Landing Gear - Last Mission STS-134 NASA Space Shuttle Endeavour with Landing Gear - Last Mission STS-134 (1:400 Scale)

Space Shuttle Endeavour (Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV-105) is one of three currently operational orbiters in the Space Shuttle fleet of NASA, the space agency of the United States.

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Virgin Galactic Scaled Composites Model 348 White Knight Two and Scaled Composites Model 339 SpaceShipTwo Virgin Galactic Scaled Composites Model 348 White Knight Two and Scaled Composites Model 339 SpaceShipTwo (1:400 Scale)

The Scaled Composites Model 339 SpaceShipTwo (SS2) is a suborbital, air-launched spaceplane, designed for space tourism. It is under development by The Spaceship Company, a California-based joint venture between Scaled Composites and the Virgin Group, as part of the Tier 1b program.

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NASA Apollo 13 Saturn V Rocket [40th Anniversary] NASA Apollo 13 Saturn V Rocket [40th Anniversary] (1:400 Scale)

Apollo 13 was to be the third Apollo mission to land on the Moon on April 11 1970, but the mission was aborted after rupture of service module oxygen tank.

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NASA Apollo 11 Saturn V Rocket [40th Anniversary] NASA Apollo 11 Saturn V Rocket [40th Anniversary] (1:400 Scale)

On July 21st, 1969 the Apollo 11 Saturn V successfully achieved its mission to land the first man on the moon and return to Earth safely. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of this historic significance, Dragon decided to relaunch the 1/400 Apollo 11 Saturn V Anniversary Set.

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NASA Redstone Multi-Stage Rocket with Mercury Spacecraft NASA Redstone Multi-Stage Rocket with Mercury Spacecraft (1:72 Scale)

The Mercury-Redstone Launch Vehicle, designed for NASA's Project Mercury, was the first American manned space booster. It was used for six sub-orbital Mercury flights from 196061; culminating with the launch of the first, and 11 weeks later, the second American (and the second and third humans) in space.

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NASA Delta II Rockets with Launch Pads Set [3-Pack] NASA Delta II Rockets with Launch Pads Set [3-Pack] (1:400 Scale)

The USA planned to phase out all expendable launch vehicles (ELV) after the Space Shuttle entered service. However, the Challenger accident of 1986 changed all that, and the Delta program was restarted. Termed Delta II, these rockets achieved their 75th consecutive successful launch on 18 September 2007.

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NASA Titan III Rockets with Launch Pads Set [3-Pack] NASA Titan III Rockets with Launch Pads Set [3-Pack] (1:400 Scale)

The USA planned to phase out all expendable launch vehicles (ELV) after the Space Shuttle entered service. However, the Challenger accident of 1986 changed all that, and the Delta program was restarted. Termed Delta II, these rockets achieved their 75th consecutive successful launch on 18 September 2007.

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Apollo 15 Lunar Rover with Two Astronauts Apollo 15 Lunar Rover with Two Astronauts (1:43 Scale)

The Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) or lunar rover was a type of surface exploration rover used on the Moon during the Apollo program. It is also known by its popular nickname of moon buggy. Three of the Apollo missions brought LRVs to the Moon.

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NASA Space Shuttle Enterprise with Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet NASA Space Shuttle Enterprise with Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet (1:400 Scale)

The Space Shuttle Enterprise (NASA Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV-101) was the first Space Shuttle orbiter. It was built for NASA as part of the Space Shuttle program to perform test flights in the atmosphere.

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Virgin Galactic Scaled Composites Model 348 White Knight Two and Scaled Composites Model 339 SpaceShipTwo Virgin Galactic Scaled Composites Model 348 White Knight Two and Scaled Composites Model 339 SpaceShipTwo (1:200 Scale)

The Scaled Composites Model 339 SpaceShipTwo (SS2) is a suborbital, air-launched spaceplane, designed for space tourism. It is under development by The Spaceship Company, a California-based joint venture between Scaled Composites and the Virgin Group, as part of the Tier 1b program.

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NASA Gemini Spacecraft NASA Gemini Spacecraft (1:72 Scale)

Following Project Mercury, Gemini was NASAs second human spaceflight program. Ahead of the first landings on the Moon under the Apollo program, Gemini was designed to develop techniques that would be indispensable for future manned spaceflight.

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NASA Apollo 9 Command & Service Module (CSM) with Launch Escape System and Lunar Module Adapter NASA Apollo 9 Command & Service Module (CSM) with Launch Escape System and Lunar Module Adapter (1:72 Scale)

Following Apollo 8s successful orbit of the Moon late in 1968, the next mission linked the Command/Service Module (CSM) and Lunar Module (LM) together as a complete Apollo system.

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NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Module "Eagle" NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Module "Eagle" (1:48 Scale)

Apollo 11 is one of the most famous space missions of all time. It was this specific spaceflight that put man on the Moon for the first time more than 40 years ago.

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NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis (1:200 Scale)

Space Shuttle Atlantis (Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV‑104) is a Space Shuttle orbiter belonging to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the spaceflight and space exploration agency of the United States.

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NASA Space Shuttle Discovery with Crawler Transporter NASA Space Shuttle Discovery with Crawler Transporter (1:400 Scale)

Space Shuttle Discovery (Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV-103) is one of the retired orbiters of the Space Shuttle program of NASA, the space agency of the United States, and was operational from its maiden flight, STS-41-D on August 30, 1984, until its final landing during STS-133 on March 9th, 2011.

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NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis with Crawler Transporter NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis with Crawler Transporter (1:400 Scale)

Dragon Wings space models have been getting more and more ambitiousand more and more exciting for modelers. This is demonstrated again by the newest 1/400 scale item  the Space Shuttle Atlantis mounted on a massive Crawler-Transporter.

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NASA Apollo 11 Command/Service Module (CSM) NASA Apollo 11 Command/Service Module (CSM) (1:48 Scale)

Apollo 11 is one of the most famous space missions of all time. It was this specific spaceflight that put man on the Moon for the first time more than 40 years ago.

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NASA Apollo 11 "Lunar Landing" CSM "Columbia" and LM "Eagle" and Astronauts NASA Apollo 11 "Lunar Landing" CSM "Columbia" and LM "Eagle" and Astronauts (1:72 Scale)

Following Apollo 8s successful orbit of the Moon late in 1968, the next mission linked the Command/Service Module (CSM) and Lunar Module (LM) together as a complete Apollo system.

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NASA Apollo 12 "Intrepid", Lunar Landing November 19th, 1969 - Command and Lunar Module Diorama NASA Apollo 12 "Intrepid", Lunar Landing November 19th, 1969 - Command and Lunar Module Diorama (1:72 Scale)

Apollo 11 is clearly the most famous mission of the whole Apollo program that put man on the Moon, this momentous event occurring on 20 July 1969. The mission four months afterwards, Apollo 12, was the second manned flight to the lunar surface.

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NASA Apollo 11 "Lunar Landing" CSM "Columbia" and LM "Eagle" and Astronauts NASA Apollo 11 "Lunar Landing" CSM "Columbia" and LM "Eagle" and Astronauts (1:72 Scale)

Following Apollo 8s successful orbit of the Moon late in 1968, the next mission linked the Command/Service Module (CSM) and Lunar Module (LM) together as a complete Apollo system.

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NASA Apollo 16 Lunar Highlands Exploration CSM and LM and Lunar Rover and Astronauts NASA Apollo 16 "Lunar Highlands Exploration" CSM and LM and Lunar Rover and Astronauts (1:72 Scale)

NASAs Apollo space program successfully placed man on the Moon, but even after this milestone had been achieved, a number of other missions followed. One was Apollo 16, which was the fifth flight to land man on the Moon.

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The End of an Era - NASA Space Shuttle Discovery with Solid Rocket Booster [Cutaway Scheme] The End of an Era - NASA Space Shuttle Discovery with Solid Rocket Booster [Cutaway Scheme] (1:144 Scale)

The Space Shuttle was a reusable launch system and orbital spacecraft operated by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for human spaceflight missions from 1981 to 2011. The system combined rocket launch, orbital spacecraft, and re-entry spaceplane with modular add-ons.

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NASA Apollo 1I Saturn V Multi-Stage Rocket NASA Apollo 1I Saturn V Multi-Stage Rocket (1:72 Scale)

The Saturn V (pronounced "Saturn Five") was an American human-rated expendable rocket used by NASA's Apollo and Skylab programs from 1967 until 1973. A multistage liquid-fueled launch vehicle, NASA launched 13 Saturn Vs from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida with no loss of crew or payload.

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