Rocket History Timeline

By: Lily Mordecai 3rd Period

2003

The space shuttle Columbia breaks up during reentry resulting in the loss of both vehicle and 7 person crew

2004

The US stardust space craft flies by comment wild 2, collecting cometary dust particles

2005

ESAS hyugens probe, piggybacked with Cassini, descends to the surface of the moon Titan and returns pictures and data

2006

The Vs launches new horizons, the first mission to Pluto and the fastest spacecraft launched from Earth at 57,600 km/h

2007

Astronaut Michael Lopez Alegria sets a new US endurance record of 215 days aboard ISS also sets American record with 10 career

2008

NASA's messenger flies by Mercury, the first spacecraft to visit the planet since

2009

NASA launches the kepler space observatory to discover Earth-like planets orbiting stars

2010

Barack Obama cancels NASA's constellation program, the human space flight program begun in response to the goals laid out in the president

2011

NASA's messenger becomes the first spacecraft to enter orbit around the planet Mercury

2012

The unmanned spacex dragon becomes the first commercial spacecraft to successfully rendezvous with the ISS