Modern Rockets

By:Sheila Sanchez

2000


  • The U.S. spacecraft NEAR-Shoemaker is the first to orbit an asteroid.
  • Mission STS-96 is the first space shuttle docking with the ISS. Collins is first female shuttle commander.
  • 2001

    Nasa's NEAR-Shoemaker successfully lands on asteriod 433 Eros.

    2002

    Astronauts Bursch & Walz set a new U.S. endurance record of 195 days aboard ISS.

    2003

  • The space shuttle Columbia breaks killing 7 crew members.
  • 2004

  • America's Cassini becomes the first spacecraft to orbit Saturn.
  • 2005

    The U.S launches STS-114 to the ISS. It was the first shuttle to take flight since Colombia.

    2006

    The U.S launches New Horizons the first mission to pluto

    2007

    Astronaut Michael Lopez sets a new U.S record of 215 days on the aboard the ISS

    2008

    NASA's Phoenix lander touches near Mars' north pole, the first landing in a polar region, and confirms that there is water ice on Mars.

    2009

    NASA launches the Kepler space observatory to discover Earth like planets orbiting other stars.