The Weichert Report is really pretty interesting about the Space Explorations of China, Russia and the USA. Take a look at how Brandon J. Weichert joined The Epoch Times' Cross Roads w/ Joshua Phillips to discuss the future of space and the new exciting space race that's going on between China and the United States, but also with Russia.
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For now, it seems that only 3 nations (Soviet Union/Russia, USA, China) have launched their own crewed spacecraft, with the Soviets/Russians and the American programs providing rides to other nations' astronauts. 27 "first flights" occurred on important Soviet or Russian flights while the United States carried 13.
Certain countries have gone to the so-called moon. The United States, the Soviet Union and China are the three nations which have successfully landed their spacecraft on the moon. And, the US is the only country to have ever put people on the moon. Russia (the USSR), Japan, China, the European Space Agency (ESA), and India have all made visits to the moon via probes.
242 individuals from 19 countries have visited the International Space Station. 242 individuals from 19 countries have visited the International Space Station.
A total of 18 people have unfortunately lost their lives either while in space or in preparation for a space mission, in four separate incidents. Given the serious risks involved in space flight, this number is surprisingly low. The two worst disasters both involved NASA's space shuttle.
People can't actually breathe in outer space. However, inside the International Space Station (ISS), the American astronauts and Russian cosmonauts do breathe air almost identical to the stuff we usually successfully breathe here on planet Earth - same pressure and about 80 per cent nitrogen and 20 per cent oxygen. The space workers really get it by 'splitting' H2O with electricity.
Some might think that NASA won the space race. By landing on the moon, the United States "won" the space race that had begun with Sputnik's launch in 1957. In 1975, the joint Apollo-Soyuz mission sent three U.S. astronauts into outer space aboard an Apollo spacecraft that docked in orbit with a Soviet-made Soyuz vehicle.
NASA's earliest objective was to launch a manned vehicle into Earth's orbit as soon as possible. It would be the Soviets, however, who would successfully win the race to put a man in space. In April 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man to enter Earth's orbit, in a single-pilot important spacecraft called Vostok I.