Mission Index
an organized list of links to program, mission, and spacecraft information


An "armchair history" is a sort of lazy man's history. The "armchair historian" does not contribute any original research the topic under discussion. Instead, he simply collects the research of other historians and then presents it in an organized fashion. The author may choose to include some original analysis, but no previously unknown historical facts are uncovered.

The core of my "armchair history" of manned spaceflight is contained on this page. As you can see, I have included a large number of links to pages on other web sites, principally the NASA Human Spaceflight site and the Encyclopedia Astronautica (a.k.a. Astronautix.com), in what I hope is a reasonably useful, index-like manner. They are grouped into separate sections roughly by decades and tabulated with American programs in the left columns and Russian programs in the right.

Go ahead and start digging into the links for the "classic" spaceflight programs of the 1960's. I'll be following up soon with the 1970's and later decades will be added as I have time. Don't worry, there's plenty of info there for now. I've been studying this topic for years, and I'm not even close to done! In other words, feel free to take your time and dawdle a bit. This page isn't going away any time soon.


1960's - The "Classic" Programs

Shocked by the Soviet Union's successful launch of Sputnik I in 1957 and spurred on by the terrifying prospect of nuclear warheads raining down from the sky, the United States squares off against Russia in a Cold War battle to determine which nation can place a man in orbit around the Earth first -- and rule heavens...

American Russian
Mercury Vostok
Mercury Program Source: Astronautix.com
Mercury MR-3 Mission Source: NASA
Mercury MR-4 Mission Source: NASA
Mercury MA-6 Mission Source: NASA
Mercury MA-7 Mission Source: NASA
Mercury MA-8 Mission Source: NASA
Mercury MA-9 Mission Source: NASA
Mercury Spacecraft Source: Astronautix.com
Redstone Rocket Source: Astronautix.com
Redstone A-6 Engine Source: Astronautix.com
Atlas D Rocket Source: Astronautix.com
Atlas XLR-89-5 Engine Source: Astronautix.com
Atlas XLR-105-5 Engine Source: Astronautix.com
Mercury Image Gallery Source: NASA
Vostok Program Source: Astronautix.com
Vostok 1 Mission Source: Astronautix.com
Vostok 2 Mission Source: Astronautix.com
Vostok 3 Mission Source: Astronautix.com
Vostok 4 Mission Source: Astronautix.com
Vostok 5 Mission Source: Astronautix.com
Vostok 6 Mission Source: Astronautix.com
Vostok 1K Spacecraft Source: Astronautix.com
Vostok 3KA Spacecraft Source: Astronautix.com
R-7 Rocket Family Source: Astronautix.com
R-7 8K72K Rocket Source: Astronautix.com
RD-107-8D74-1959 Engine Source: Astronautix.com
RD-108-8D75-1959 Engine Source: Astronautix.com
RD-0109 Engine Source: Astronautix.com


Seeking to best the seemingly unbeatable Soviet space program, the United States dares to set its sights on the moon but realizes that many lessons in spaceflight need to be learned first. Russia responds with record-breaking orbital stunts and learns a lesson the hard way...

American Russian
Gemini Voskhod
Gemini Program Source: Astronautix.com
Gemini III Mission Source: NASA
Gemini IV Mission Source: NASA
Gemini V Mission Source: NASA
Gemini VII Mission Source: NASA
Gemini VI-A Mission Source: NASA
Gemini VIII Mission Source: NASA
Gemini IX-A Mission Source: NASA
Gemini X Mission Source: NASA
Gemini XI Mission Source: NASA
Gemini XII Mission Source: NASA
Gemini Spacecraft Source: Astronautix.com
Titan II Rocket Source: Astronautix.com
Titan LR-87-7 Engine Source: Astronautix.com
Titan LR-91-7 Engine Source: Astronautix.com
Gemini Image Gallery Source: NASA
Voskhod Program Source: Astronautix.com
Voskhod 1 Mission Source: Astronautix.com
Voskhod 2 Mission Source: Astronautix.com
Voskhod 3KV Spacecraft Source: Astronautix.com
Voskhod 3KD Spacecraft Source: Astronautix.com
R-7 11A57 Rocket Source: Astronautix.com
RD-107-8D74K Engine Source: Astronautix.com
RD-108-8D75K Engine Source: Astronautix.com
RD-0108 Engine Source: Astronautix.com


America races to fulfill its fallen president's mandate to reach the moon by the end of the decade while Russia falls behind. Both nations face deadly consequences...

American Russian
Apollo Soyuz
Apollo Program Source: Astronautix.com
Apollo I Mission Source: NASA
Apollo VII Mission Source: NASA
Apollo VIII Mission Source: NASA
Apollo IX Mission Source: NASA
Apollo X Mission Source: NASA
Apollo XI Mission Source: NASA
Apollo XII Mission Source: NASA
Apollo XIII Mission Source: NASA
-- Apollo XIII Transcript Source: Anthony Haukap
-- Apollo XIII Findings Source: Anthony Haukap
cryostir.mp3 Source: Anthony Haukap
Apollo XIV Mission Source: NASA
Apollo XV Mission Source: NASA
Apollo XVI Mission Source: NASA
Apollo XVII Mission Source: NASA
Apollo Command & Service Modules Source: Astronautix.com
Apollo Lunar Module Source: Astronautix.com
Saturn IB Rocket Source: Astronautix.com
Saturn H-1b Engine Source: Astronautix.com
Saturn J-2 Engine Source: Astronautix.com
Saturn V Rocket Source: Astronautix.com
Saturn F-1 Engine Source: Astronautix.com
Apollo Image Gallery Source: NASA
Soyuz Program Source: Astronautix.com
Soyuz 1 Mission Source: Astronautix.com
Soyuz 3 Mission Source: Astronautix.com
Soyuz 4 Mission Source: Astronautix.com
Soyuz 5 Mission Source: Astronautix.com
Soyuz 6 Mission Source: Astronautix.com
Soyuz 7 Mission Source: Astronautix.com
Soyuz 8 Mission Source: Astronautix.com
Soyuz 9 Mission Source: Astronautix.com
Soyuz 7K-OK Spacecraft Source: Astronautix.com
Soyuz 11A511 Rocket Source: Astronautix.com
RD-107-11D511 Engine Source: Astronautix.com
RD-108-11D512 Engine Source: Astronautix.com
RD-0110 Engine Source: Astronautix.com
The Soviet Manned Lunar Program Source: Marcus Lindroos
N1 Rocket Family Source: Astronautix.com


1970's - The Space Stations and the Apollo/Soyuz Test Project

America dabbles with orbiting laboratories before turning its attention elsewhere. The Soviet Union determines to perfect the space station...

American Russian
Skylab Almaz & Salyut
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The United States lends a hand with rendezvous and docking, and the Cold War ice begins to thaw...

International
Apollo ASTP Soyuz ASTP
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1980's & 1990's - The Space Shuttle and Mir

NASA builds the worlds first space truck, and the Russians push the envelope of long-term spaceflight...

American Russian
NASA Space Shuttle Buran Space Shuttle
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Mir - Phase I
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International
Shuttle/Mir Project Mir - Phase II
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American Russian
NASA Space Shuttle (cont.) Mir - Phase II (cont.)
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2000 & Beyond - The International Space Station

The world comes together to establish a permanent human presence in outer space...

International
American Flights Russian Flights
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