The Space History Museum
A Virtual Museum & Community


Space Buff Level I

IMAGE ABOVE: Wally Schirra and Walt Cunningham, two of the three members of the Apollo 7 crew, prior to launch.
The history of spaceflight is a dramatic one. It is not only a story about science and engineering, but also about politics and personalities. A limited set of events are well-known parts of the popular culture: Sputnik, John Glenn and Neil Armstrong. Possibly a few other people and events, depending on who you ask. But there are many more events and people—stories to fascinate, inspire and sometimes amuse. In this course, you will learn the basic outline of the development of space travel and learn some amazing stories to enjoy yourself and share with others.

Ready to become a Space Buff? Click on “Early Space” below to get started. Or, if you’ve already started, click to navigate to where you left off.