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From: U.K.
Registered: Jul 2009

posted 12-12-2009 06:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When you've tried the quiz, highlight the line under the questions to reveal the answers. 25 is the possible maximum, so anything over 20 makes you a space buff. Score 25 and you were peeking over my shoulder as this was prepared. Post your scores - let's see how well you know your space history...
  1. How many times was Gemini 6 counted down?
    Three: on October 13, 66; December 12, 1966 and December 15, 1966

  2. Which cosmonauts transferred from Soyuz 5 to Soyuz 4?
    Yeliseyev and Khrunov

  3. Alan Shepard was chosen from a group of three to make the first U.S. manned flight. Who were the other two?
    Gus Grissom and John Glenn

  4. Who is the youngest person to have been in orbit?
    German Titov at 25 years and 329 days

  5. Which American has spent the longest time alone in orbit?
    Ken Mattingly: 81 hours 40 minutes in lunar orbit

  6. When did Seagull have a passing relationship with Hawk?
    June 16, 1963 when Vostok 6 flew close to Vostok 5 in orbit

  7. Who was the English Flight Director that ordered the termination of the Gemini 8 mission?
    John Hodge, born in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex

  8. When might one hear the names Karaganda and Tselinograd mentioned?
    They are towns in the main Russian recovery area

  9. What smuggled item helped the crew of Voskhod 2 survive whilst waiting for recovery?
    A box of matches smuggled aboard by Leonov and used to light a fire to keep warm

  10. Which was the first Russian manned craft to land in water?
    Soyuz 23, by accident rather than design

  11. What links the flights of Vostok 3, Apollo 15 and Soyuz 9?
    The call sign Falcon

  12. What do Kathleen McDivitt and Elena Nikolayev have in common?
    Both were conceived after their respective paternal parents had made a space flight

  13. What did Walt Cunningham have to give up at Wally Schirra's insistence before the Apollo 7 flight?
    Water skiing, he had had two nasty spills in the days before the flight

  14. What did Gordon Cooper say they were doing for exercise on Gemini 5?
    Hold hands; use a skin cleansing towel and chew gum

  15. Why was a short, solo lunar EVA planned for Schmitt on Apollo 17?
    Cernan was suffering from stomach cramps

  16. What important point was reached 218,000 miles from Earth on Apollo 8?
    Tracking switched from Earth based reference to Moon based reference. This caused the spacecraft position to jump by several miles to the consternation of reporting journalists

  17. Who were the first Russian crew to dock with a Salyut space station?
    The crew of Soyuz 10 with Salyut 1 for 5 hours

  18. Which Apollo crew were 450 millionths of a second younger when they landed than if they had never flown?
    Apollo 9, according to Einstein's theory of relatively and as worked out by a mathematician with nothing better to do

  19. What was the original design for the recovery of the Gemini capsules?
    the Rogallo wing

  20. How many times has Russia launched a craft containing just one person?
    Nine: six Voskoks and three Soyuz

  21. Identify by name -
    OV-102 Columbia
    Capsule 16 Sigma 7
    CSM 106 Charlie Brown
    NCC 1701 Enterprise
    MX 774 Atlas


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posted 12-12-2009 08:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is definitely a take home open book quiz!


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posted 12-12-2009 09:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'll propose Charlie Weaver's usual Hollywood Squares answer for those names I don't know: Efram Zimbalist, Jr.


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posted 12-12-2009 11:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Score: 0

If anyone scores 20 or above,

  1. being a space buff would be a huge understatement.
  2. might want to check with brain researchers, I'm sure they'd be interested in your atypical organ.
  3. Get a life (chuckle)!


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posted 12-13-2009 02:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Coooo...! I've got an atypical organ.


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posted 12-13-2009 06:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't think I quite made it to a half-dozen. Great questions- will you be posting the answers after a while?

David Bryant

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posted 12-13-2009 06:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David Bryant   Click Here to Email David Bryant     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I got 5!
(You can see the answers by left-clicking and swiping underneath each question!)


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posted 12-13-2009 07:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I got 8 ... but all the rest are in my opinion NOT general questions on manned spaceflight. I wonder how most should score on real general questions on unmanned spaceflight.


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posted 12-13-2009 07:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've got lots of correct answers, but not necessarily to those particular questions!!


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posted 12-13-2009 08:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Delta7   Click Here to Email Delta7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
10. And a half.


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posted 12-13-2009 02:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cddfspace   Click Here to Email cddfspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
10...I had never even heard of some of these!

Rob Joyner

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posted 12-13-2009 05:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The dog ate my computer...


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posted 12-17-2009 03:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My grateful thanks to all those brave souls who put their reputation on the line by not just having a go at this quiz but also recording their score. I hope that those attempting it found it both entertaining and educational.

As to the questions - I would have thought that possibly seven were basic knowledge with another half dozen being obvious with a little thought. With this in mind 15 would be excellent and 20 definitely in 'geek' territory. The rest I hope would extend one's knowledge into the more human elements of our conquest of the 'final frontier' once the answers were revealed.

I've gone back and looked at those who answered the Apollo 11 quiz and this one. Based on scores recorded in both I think that the title of "Space Buff 2009" for the moment has to go to Delta7. There is no prize other than the satisfaction that comes from trying and surviving, plus the reminder that the definition of a good pilot is one who has the same number of landings as take-offs!

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