Quiz about Into Outer Space
Quiz about Into Outer Space

Into Outer Space Trivia Quiz


Aerospace groups around the world are in the process of designing new spacecraft that they hope will bring humanity into a new era of space exploration and tourism. Are you ready for a trip into outer space?

A multiple-choice quiz by RedHook13. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
RedHook13
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
386,795
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
6 / 10
Plays
293
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1. Which of these airline tycoons became a pioneer in bringing space tourism to the world? Hint

Doug Parker
Richard Anderson
Richard Branson
Oscar Munoz

2. Spaceport America is a fully licensed commercial launching facility in the United States. In which state is it located? Hint

New Mexico
California
Florida
Virginia

3. On December 5, 2014, NASA launched an unmanned prototype of which new spacecraft? Hint

Juno
Orion
Titan
Vulcan

4. On April 8, 2016, a Falcon 9 rocket designed by SpaceX was launched from Kennedy Space Center. What was the fate of the first stage of the rocket? Hint

It toppled over and exploded
It burned up in the Earth's atmosphere
It fell into the Atlantic Ocean
It landed vertically onto a drone ship

5. What was the name of the spacecraft SpaceX developed for transporting cargo to the International Space Station? Hint

Phoenix
Condor
Dragon
Progress

6. What is the nickname of Boeing's CST-100 spacecraft? Hint

Dreamliner
Moonliner
Skyliner
Starliner

7. What is the name of the aerospace company launched by Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon? Hint

Amazon Aerospace
Blue Origin
United Launch Alliance
NewSpace

8. After the initial retirement of the Space Shuttle in 2011, what spacecraft was used to send NASA astronauts into space?

Answer: (Russian)
9. On October 15, 2003, which nation's space program became only the third in history to launch a human into space? Hint

India
China
United Kingdom
Japan

10. In 2012, a Dutch start-up company named Mars One began recruiting volunteers to embark on a round-trip journey to Mars.

True
False


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Which of these airline tycoons became a pioneer in bringing space tourism to the world?

Answer: Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, launched a commercial space company named Virgin Galactic, whose goal was to regularly launch passengers on a suborbital space adventure. They worked with Scaled Composites, an aerospace company whose innovative spacecraft design won them an X-Prize.

The spacecraft (named SpaceShipTwo) was designed to take off attached to a specially designed aircraft. Once it reaches a designated altitude the rocket would drop from the escort and fire up to take passengers on a 10-15 minute sub-orbital journey into space.
2. Spaceport America is a fully licensed commercial launching facility in the United States. In which state is it located?

Answer: New Mexico

Spaceport America is an FAA-licensed commercial launching facility located near the city of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Launch pads, a passenger terminal and hangar for Virgin Galactic have already been constructed as well as a runway and emergency response facilities. SpaceX and other tenants are expected to use the facility as the space tourism industry continues to grow.
3. On December 5, 2014, NASA launched an unmanned prototype of which new spacecraft?

Answer: Orion

The Orion spacecraft and the new SLS (Space Launch System) rocket were designed to send astronauts on missions to Mars and beyond. The new spacecraft was a capsule much like the Apollo spacecraft. An unmanned Orion successfully launched aboard a Delta IV Heavy rocket on December 5, 2014. Also like the Apollo spacecraft, on re-entry Orion was designed to splash down into the ocean for recovery. Lockheed Martin designed the command module and Airbus' space division designed the service module.
4. On April 8, 2016, a Falcon 9 rocket designed by SpaceX was launched from Kennedy Space Center. What was the fate of the first stage of the rocket?

Answer: It landed vertically onto a drone ship

The Falcon 9 is a rocket designed by SpaceX. The first version was expendable, but later models were produced with the intent of being reusable. The Falcon was designed to launch normally and once its payload was safely in orbit the first stage would descend back to Earth and land itself vertically onto a drone ship.

The first few attempts were not successful, but on April 8, 2016 the Falcon was able to successfully land on the drone ship.
5. What was the name of the spacecraft SpaceX developed for transporting cargo to the International Space Station?

Answer: Dragon

The SpaceX Dragon is a cargo carrying spacecraft that came into operation in 2010. It is formed of a capsule that is launched aboard the Falcon 9 rocket. SpaceX has also been developing a crewed version of the Dragon (Dragon V2) to be used for both low Earth orbit and deep space exploration.
6. What is the nickname of Boeing's CST-100 spacecraft?

Answer: Starliner

The Boeing CST-100 Starliner is a reusable capsule spacecraft intended to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station. It is designed to remain in low Earth orbit. Boeing and SpaceX were both awarded contracts under NASA's Commercial Crew Development program.
7. What is the name of the aerospace company launched by Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon?

Answer: Blue Origin

Blue Origin is an aerospace company founded by Jeff Bezos, the same entrepreneur who launched Amazon. Blue Origin has been testing several spacecraft designs. One is the New Shepard, which is intended for suborbital spaceflight and another is the larger New Glenn for orbital spaceflights. Both rockets are being designed with both reusable and expendable components.
8. After the initial retirement of the Space Shuttle in 2011, what spacecraft was used to send NASA astronauts into space?

Answer: Soyuz

After the Space Shuttle was retired in 2011, NASA sent astronauts into space aboard the Russian Soyuz capsule, which can hold only up to three people at a time. Though the design has been updated, the Soyuz has been in service since 1967. A replacement spacecraft named Federation is being developed by the Russians.
9. On October 15, 2003, which nation's space program became only the third in history to launch a human into space?

Answer: China

On October 15, 2003, China became the third nation with an established space program to launch a human into space. Yang Liwei was a launched in a single-person spacecraft called the Shenzhou and completed fourteen orbits around the Earth.
10. In 2012, a Dutch start-up company named Mars One began recruiting volunteers to embark on a round-trip journey to Mars.

Answer: False

In 2012, Mars One announced they were looking to send volunteers on a ONE-WAY journey to Mars in order to establish a permanent settlement on the Red Planet. The flights would tentatively be conducted using rockets and equipment contracted from various aerospace companies.
Source: Author RedHook13

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