Stockton Astronomical Society

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University of the Pacific, Olson Hall Room 120
7:30 PM Thursday May 9th

Stockton Astronomical Society


Tim Clark & Doug Christensen


The History of Manned Spaceflight

From the launch of Sputnik in 1957 to space tourists on the International Space Station in 2001, the last half of the 20th century saw a burst of technological advancements and international involvement in spaceflight that rank at the top of the list of mankind’s greatest accomplishments.

In the spirit of celebration for the 50th anniversaryof the Apollo moon flights, the Stockton Astronomical Society will take a whirlwind trip through the history of the Russian and American manned space programs. Starting with the earliest days of the Space Race and the competition between the Cold War rivals we’ll look at the men and women, the machines and the milestones that has given mankind the giant leap from earthbound mortal to space traveling adventurer.

Most of us are familiar with bits and pieces of the historical timeline but in this presentation, we’ll tackle the formidable task of summarizing the history of Spaceflight from its infancy to the present. In doing so, it should serve to give a better
understanding and appreciation for the great piece of history that undoubtedly will one day be the legacy of multiple generations.

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