Only three people have actually died in outer space, as of 2014. During the 1971 flight of the Soyuz 11, three Soviet cosmonauts died when a ventilation valve ruptured, asphyxiating the crew and exposing them to the vacuum of space.
The disasters that destroyed the Challenger and the Columbia space shuttles both occurred inside the Earth's atmosphere. Challenger exploded 73 seconds after lift-off, while Columbia broke apart on re-entry. The 1967 fire that killed the three-man crew of Apollo 1 took place during a ground test of the command module.
The first in-flight fatality on a space mission occurred when the Soyuz 1 capsule crashed in 1967. The descent module, carrying cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov, crashed due to a parachute malfunction.Learn More
According to NASA, Voyager 1 continues to head toward the outer limits of the solar system. It was designed to collect data on interstellar space, after what was known as the "Grand Tour" of planets. Since 1989, Voyager 1's mission was officially changed to interstellar exploration.Full Answer >
The first rocket to go into space was created by a team of German scientists, led by Wernher von Braun. It was a V-2 rocket used by Germany in World War II. Von Braun and many important members of his team had surrendered to the United States.Full Answer >
Fully fueled, the Saturn V rocket used during the Apollo 11 mission weighed 6.2 million pounds, of which 4.7 million pounds consisted of fuel alone. According to NASA, the Saturn V generated enough thrust to lift a 50-ton payload to the Moon.Full Answer >
Exoskeleton suits are robotic devices with an outer framework that is worn by an individual and a system of motors or hydraulics to provide energy for movement. The technology is under consideration for military, rescue and medical applications.Full Answer >