Introduction to the Directory
I remember sitting in class in the 6th grade listening with the teacher and other students as Alan Shepherd became the first American to venture into space and, a little less than a year later, sitting in 7th grade class tracing John Glenn's path on a world map as he became the first American to actually orbit the Earth.
So began a fascination with anything having to do with space exploration that continues to this day. Even after more than 110 successful flights (as of December 2002), the launch of a space shuttle brings a lump to my throat.
This section of Sandcastle V.I. is my tribute to the human experience in space. It includes a summary page for each manned spaceflight project, of both the United States and Russia, and linked pages that include details of each and every individual mission. But before going to the directory, you might want to check out the comparison drawings below. Each thumbnail is linked to a 640x480 JPEG file (about 60kb each). Each individual spacecraft was scanned from published line art and then scaled, cleaned up, and colorized with Photofinish.
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United States Manned Missions
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1996-2013 Arnold E.
van Beverhoudt, Jr.