This page explains the steps that scientists took to allow for human space exploration. Through the experiemental orbits with pet astronauts, we allowed for safe, well planned human missions. Also this page gives information on specific astronauts and thier contributions to space history.
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Animals in space

Editor: Greg Smyers
Date Read: 3/16/2009
Editor: Jennifer Chivers
Updated: 5/16/2011
Audience: Teens and Adults
Author: http://www.spacetoday.org/
Website: http://www.spacetoday.org/Astronauts/Animals/Dogs.html
Spacetoday.org has a very thorough write up on ALL the animals that were first used to pave the way for manned space flight, including ones that were lost in space. It explains the trasnition for suborbital to orbital flights that allowed for a more clear picture of making human orbits possible. I would rate this site as PG since it does involve what some would see as animal cruelty.
The human form of space flyers can be found on the same site at the following link.
http://www.spacetoday.org/Astronauts/AstronautStories.html

Editor: Greg Smyers
Date Read: 3/18/2009
Editor: Jennifer Chivers
Updated: 5/16/2011
Audience: Teens and Adults
Author: http://ham.space.umn.edu/
Website: http://ham.space.umn.edu/kris/animals.html
The Animal Astronauts Homepage! The Space Physics Research Group at the University of Minnesota named its computers after famous animals in space, so they thought it might be neat to learn a little bit more about these early space travellers, in doing so they created this site. Ham Space has listed and outlined all animals and thier missions. I would rate this site as my second favorite.

Editor: Greg Smyers

Date Read: 3/18/2009

Editor: Jennifer Chivers
Updated: 5/16/2011

Audience: Continuing education students

Author: Tom Irvine at: tomirvine@aol.com

Website: http://www.vibrationdata.com/space/Animals.htm

This is a continuing education site that has information on some of the animal flights. Although this site has some good information it does not go into deep details nor does it list all animal flights. I would rate this as the least helpful site that is listed here. The main page is not very user friendly and the set up of the page is very unorganized compared to the other ones.

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Yuri Gagarin

Editor: Greg Smyers
Date Read: 3/16/2009
Editor: Jennifer Chivers
Updated: 5/16/2011
Audience: All ages
Author: NASA
Website:http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/sts1/gagarin_anniversary.html
On April 12, 1961, Russian cosmonaut Yuir Gagarin became the first human in space. Many Americans forget this fact because of the Apollo Missions. This article was submitted on the NASA website and is very helpful in giving true information. This site is intended for readers of all ages.

Editor: Greg Smyers

Date Read: 3/18/2009

Editor: Jennifer Chivers

Updated: 5/16/2011

Audience: Teens and adults

Author: Cosmonaut David Polfeldt.

Website: http://www.kosmonaut.se/gagarin/index_article.html

This webpage was written by Cosmonaut David Polfeldt a self proclaimed fan of Yuri Gagarin there is a good amount of detail on the life and death of the first man in space.

Editor: Greg Smyers

Date Read: 4/30/2009

Audience: Teens and adults

Author: Unknown

Website: http://www.centennialofflight.gov/essay/Dictionary/GAGARIN/DI169.htm

This website is just a definition of who he was and what he did I did not find more information on the top 20 sites


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Apollo1
Astronauts Grissom, White and Chaffee

I would like to dedicate this page to the men of Apollo1, who during a pre-launch test for Apollo 1, astronauts Grissom, White and Chaffee died when a fire broke out in the cockpit of their spacecraft on January 27, 1967. May they rest in peace.

Editor: Greg Smyers
Date Read: 3/16/2009
Editor: Jennifer Chivers
Date Updated: 5/23/2011
Audience: Teens and Adults
Author: Horst Prillinger
Website: http://homepage.univie.ac.at/horst.prillinger/astronauts/

The link above is a good summary of the Apollo missions into space from Apollo 1-17.

Included in the sight is this Test Project information: Apollo-Soyuz Test Project

Editor: Greg Smyers

Date Read: 4/30/2009

Editor: Jennifer Chivers

Date Updated: 5/23/2011

Audience: Teens and adults

Author: NASA

Website: **http://history.nasa.gov/Apollo204/**

This is the official NASA site and goes into good detail of the first Apollo mission and its tragic end. I think that this sight gives the best info available of the three posted.

Editor: Greg Smyers
Date Read: 4/30/2009
Audience: Teens and adults
Author: NASA Jim Dumoulin (dumoulin@titan.ksc.nasa.gov)

Website: **http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/history/apollo/apollo-1/apollo-1.html**

This is the official NASA site and is a summary of the first Apollo mission and its tragic end.

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Current Astronauts at the Space Station in 2011Expedition 28 CrewAndrei Borisenko, Aleksandr Samokutyayev, Ron Garan, Sergei Volkov, Mike Fossum, Satoshi FurukawaExpedition 28Editor: Jennifer ChiversDate Read: 5/23/2011Audience: Teens and AdultsAuthor: NASAWebsite: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition28/index.htmlThis is the International Space Station home page which describes all of the expeditions but the link I have provided is specifically Expedition 28. I think that this sight is the best information out there for the expeditions since it comes directly from NASA.
Andrei Borisenko (RSA)
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Editor: Jennifer ChiversDate Read: 5/23/2011Audience: Teens and AdultsAuthor: NASABiography:http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/borisenko-ai.htmlInterview: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition27/borisenko_interview.htmlThis is the offical crew bio from the NASA website it gives personal data, education, experience, and training information. Also linked above is a personal interview with Borisenko.
Aleksandr Samokutyayev (RSA)
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Editor: Jennifer ChiversDate Read: 5/23/2011Audience: Teens and AdultsAuthor: NASABiography: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/samokutyaev.htmlInterview: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition27/samokutyaev_interview.htmlThis is the offical bio from the NASA website, it gives personal data, education, experience, and training information. Also linked is a personal interview with Samokutyayev.
Ron Garan (NASA)
529732main_jsc2010e194136_226.jpgEditor: Jennifer ChiversDate Read: 5/23/2011Audience: Teens and AdultsAuthor: NASABiography:http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/garan-rj.htmlInterview: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition27/garan_interview.htmlTwitter: http://twitter.com/#!/Astro_RonThis is the official bio from the NASA website, it gives personal data, education, organizations, awards, special honors, experience, NASA experience, and space flight experience. Also linked is a personal interview, and his twitter page that you can follow if you have a twitter account.

Sergei Volkov (RSA)
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Editor: Jennifer ChiversDate Read: 5/23/2011Audience: Teens and AdultsAuthor: NASABiography: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/volkov.htmlInterview: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition28/volkov_interview.htmlThis is the official biography from the NASA sight and includes personal data, education, awards, experience, spaceflight trainning, and spaceflight experience. Also linked is an interview with Volkov.

Mike Fossum (NASA Astronaut)
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Editor: Jennifer ChiversDate Read: 5/23/2011Audience: Teens and AdultsAuthor: NASABiography: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/fossum.htmlInterview: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition28/fossum_interview.htmlThis is the official bio from the NASA sight and includes personal data, education, special honors, experience, NASA experience, and spaceflight experience. Also linked is an interview with Fossum.

Satoshi Furukawa (JAXA Astronaut)
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Editor: Jennifer ChiversDate Read: 5/23/2011Audience: Teens and AdultsAuthor: NASABiography: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/furukawa-s.htmlInterview: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition28/furukawa_interview.htmlThis is the official bio from the NASA sight and includes personal data, education, experience, and NASA experience. Also linked is an interview with Furukawa.