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Science, Evolution, and Creationism

How did life evolve on Earth? The answer to this question can help us understand our past and prepare for our future. Although evolution provides credible and reliable answers, polls show that many people turn away from science, seeking other explanations with which they are more comfortable....more

Apollo 1

The Apollo space program, scheduled for its first launch on Feb. 21, 1967, started in tragedy. On Jan. 27, 1967, astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee were executing a dress rehearsal when...more

Apollo 7

The Apollo 7 mission was launched on Oct. 11, 1968, carrying astronauts Donn Eisele, Walter Cunningham, and Walter Schirra, Jr., who had already flown on the Mercury and Gemini missions. It used a Saturn...more

Apollo 8

Originally planned as another Earth orbiting mission like Apollo 7, Apollo 8's objectives were changed at the last minute, due to pressure of beating the Soviet Union in the race to the Moon. Powered by...more

Apollo 9

The major goal of the Apollo 9 mission was to conduct the first tests of the Lunar Module and other new space equipment. The Lunar Module was the latest piece of NASA hardware, designed to carry astronauts...more

Apollo 10

Apollo 10 was launched on May 18, 1969, carrying astronauts Thomas Stafford, John Young, and Eugene Cernan. It served as a "dress rehearsal" for the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission which followed a month...more

Apollo 13

After the Apollo 1 fire, NASA suffered its second failure in the Apollo program with their thirteenth space mission. Apollo 13 was launched on Apr. 11, 1970, carrying astronauts James Lovell, John Swigert,...more

Apollo 14

Astronauts Alan Shepard, Stuart Roosa, and Edgar Mitchel were launched from Earth on Jan. 31, 1971 aboard Apollo 14. Their mission was to land on the Moon and carry out experiments on it surface, similar...more

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