#Astronaut

.Beijing, China
Chinese astronautssalute from aboard China's space station during a video conversation with Chinese President. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • The crew reached China's Tiangong space station last week
  • The crew includes 3 astronauts- Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming, and Tang Hongbo
  • This is China's longest space mission till date

.Beijing, China
The first crew for China's new space station was launched on Thursday. (Photo Credit: Representational Image/Pixabay)

  • The astronauts blasted off on a Long March-2F rocket from Jiuquan launch centre
  • Their craft docked around seven hours later at the Tiangong station
  • State broadcaster CCTV showed a live feed from inside the spacecraft during the journey

The first crew for China's new space station are set to blast off this week. (Photo Credit: Representational/Pixabay)

  • It will be first manned mission to new space station of China  
  • The mission will be China's longest crewed space mission to date
  • The astronauts will spend three months onboard the station

.Beijing, China
The first crew for China's new space station are set to blast off this week. (Photo Credit: Representational Image/Pixabay)

  • The mission is China's first crewed spaceflight in nearly five years
  • The mission will lift off from a base in northwest China's Gobi desert on Thursday
  • It's a matter of prestige for China as the Communist Party will mark its 100th birthday on July 1

.Florida, USA
SpaceX took to Twitter to share the news of the successful mission. (Photo credit: Twitter/@SpaceX)

  • A SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule carrying the crew back to Earth splashed down off Florida
  • "There was a point where I was just saying to myself, breathe," one astronaut said
  • Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi said the landing was pretty smooth

Apollo 11 was launched from Cape Kennedy on July 16, 1969. (Photo credit: astro_ricky)

  • Apollo 11 carried Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin and Michael Collins 
  • It was launched by a Saturn V rocket
  • Apollo 11's primary objective was to perform a crewed lunar landing and return to Earth

Michael Collins died on Wednesday. (Photo credit: Twitter/MichaelCollins)

  • Michael Collins was a part of the Apollo 11 crew that included Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin
  • He died battling with cancer, his family tweeted
  • Collins retired from NASA in 1970

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Micheal Collins flew the Apollo 11 command module in 1969. (Photo credit: Twitter/NASAGoddard)

  • Micheal Collins was the only astronaut on Apollo 11 who did not step on the Moon
  • Collins was the first director of the National Air and Space Museum
  • He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Micheal Collins was battling cancer, his family said. (Photo credit: Twitter/ MichealCollins)

  • Micheal Collins was  part of the Apollo 11 mission
  • He was referred as the‘the loneliest man in history’
  • Collins' family said they need privacy in the difficult time

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
The details of his journey to space was kept by the Soviets for years. (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

  • Yuri Gagarin was a cosmonaut who became the first person to travel to space
  • On April 12, 1961, Gagarin's flight took off from the Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan
  • The flight lasted just 108 minutes as the Vostok spacecraft completed one loop around the Earth