History Of Space Travel: From Science Fiction To Science Fact

Humans have been dreaming of visiting the stars for more than a millennium, dating back to 300 BC in ancient Sanskrit writings. The legend tells of flying machines, or planes, that may have been used by the gods to travel to heaven above. Similarly, Lucian: A True Story, the story of a mortal who becomes trapped in an interstellar war between divine space beings, was written in Ancient Greek around 170 CE by Lucian of Samosata (who, despite the title, admitted that the story was, in fact, not true).

Many historians point to the novel as the first written work of science-fiction, although the genre did not really take off until 1818's Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Soon, many stories of space exploration or invasions were written, from the 1898 H.G. Wells novel War of the Worlds to the 1942 Isaac Asimov Galactic Empire Series Foundation. Actually going to the stars still seemed like fantasy, however, until the real-life success of Germany's V2 rocket in 1944, the first man-made object to actually make it into space.

Pushpak Vimana flying in the sky.

After the end of World War II, the United States and the Soviet Union, both believing their country's future security relied on technological superiority in both nuclear weapons and spacecraft, called off the "space race". The military industrial complex and their scientists became obsessed with finding a way into the great unknown, but to America's dismay, the Soviet Union was the first to get there when they launched the first artificial satellite, Sputnik, into space on October 4, 1957. They made another milestone on April 12, 1961, when the USSR succeeded in sending the first human into space, 27-year-old cosmonaut Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin.

In response, President John F. Kennedy told the American public that the country must "commit itself to achieving the goal of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth, before the end of this decade." needed." She celebrated the first American trip to space—Alan B. Shepard on May 5, 1961—but sadly didn't live to see that the US officially landed Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins after landing on the surface. Took "won" in the space race. Moon in July 1969.

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the Moon.

While NASA continued to send Apollo missions to the Moon for several years, political support and public interest eventually waned, and the last human to set foot on the Moon was Apollo 17 mission commander Eugene Cernan in 1972. Instead, NASA spent the next several decades focusing on conducting unmanned Voyager missions in the outer solar system, rovers on Mars, and experiments on the International Space Station.

As the government's desire to control space exploration waned, many in the private sector took the lead in funding and designing the next generation of spacecraft. The year 2015 was a big one for personalized space games, when Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin and Elon Musk's Space X both independently launched and recovered reusable rockets, an invention that could lead to the development of future spacecraft. Expected to radically reduce costs. In April 2021, NASA announced that it would eventually return to the Moon in coordination with Space X as part of its new Artemis program, which they say will be a "significant step [that] will help humanity achieve a permanent lunar mission." Keeps us on the path of exploration and we keep our eyes on further missions into the Solar System, including Mars.


  1. LIES! No one ever set foot on the moon.

    1. Now Dave, i was dragged into an auditorium in 2nd grade so I could watch the Kubrick production... er.... magnificent moon landing. Funny all those data tapes DISAPPEARED. Stranger still, the FLAT EARTH MAP Kubrick put on the round war room table in the movie Dr. Strangelove is NOW GONE! One of THOUSANDS of real MANDELA EFFECTS. I am now FIRMLY in the FLAT EARTH camp and demand lying NaSA be DEFUNDED along with the rest. CIA, FBLIE NSA etc.

    2. And another idiot is born. Flat earthers not only have a lack of brains they are utterly stupid and blind to current events that absolutely prove we went to the moon. Space probes that China has sent to the moon have photographed the Apollo remains left on the moon. A lunar eclipse proves the Earth is round and so do the hundreds of photos by the space station and satellites.

    3. Funny Dave and you forgot, the Earth is flat.

  2. @Tom

    The only "photo" evidence of Apollo remains I've looked at anywhere on the web are little white specs with big circles and arrows claiming that "this little white spec is proof."

    This is rather strange since intelligence agencies can literally read a newspaper from orbit for a few decades now, but no one can take a clear image of something the size of a Chevy van with no atmosphere "clouding" the photo.

    Please post links of proofs you have seen where you can clearly identify what is being photographed.


  3. @Unknown....

    If the CIA had been defunded already, this flat Earth nonsense would never have been propagated.


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