of Contents

Lesson 1
Lesson 2
What is astronomy?
Lesson 3
How big is the universe?
Lesson 4
The origin of the universe
Lesson 5
Watching the sky
Lesson 6
Why did God create the heavenly bodies?
Lesson 7
Space exploration
Lesson 8
A Tour of the Solar System
Lesson 9
A Tour of the Solar System—The Sun and the Moon
Lesson 10
Stars and galaxies
Lesson 11
Cosmic Catastrophes
Lesson 12
Catastrophes in the Solar System
Lesson 13
Are there other planets in the Solar System?
Author: Dr. Jonathan Henry

For thousands of years, people have gazed at the night sky and the bright

morning and wondered, ‘What’s out there?’. Our universe is so vast and

awe-inspiring that to learn about it is to learn about ourselves. The

Astronomy Book will show you: 

What long-ago astronomers thought about other worlds

Solar system facts

How constellations relate to astrology

The history of space exploration

Whether black holes exist

The origin and age of the moon

Why Mars doesn’t support life

The composition of stars

Supernova remnants

The myth of star birth

Asteroid legends and the extinction of the dinosaurs

Whether planets outside our solar system could be home to intelligent life

What UFOs are

The age of comets and meteor showers

Hardcover. (Junior High–Adult) 80 pages.

The Astronomy Book
by Dr Jonathan Henry

Lesson 7

Space exploration


The Astronomy Book


pp. 28-35


Job 26:7
Psalm 19

Vocabulary Words

  • Reusable vehicle
  • Space shuttle


  1. Trace the development of rockets throughout history. (You’ll probably need to check sources other than The Astronomy Book for a more complete overview.)
  2. What problems needed to be overcome in building the first practical rockets?
  3. What do the initials N.A.S.A. stand for?
  4. Who was Wernher von Braun? Write a short research paper on his life and the contributions he made to rocket science. (See also, for example, Creation Safaris’ The World’s Greatest Creation Scientists from Y1K to Y2K for more information.)
  5. What happened on 16 July 1969? 20 July 1969?
  6. When was the last time someone took a trip to the moon?
  7. What was the ‘Cold War’? What impact did it have on space programs?
  8. What is Mir?
  9. What is the difference between a manned mission and an unmanned mission? What functions do both serve?


Draw a timeline illustrating the history of space exploration.

NOTE: The NASA web site has more information about space exploration; however, the contents of that site often include evolutionary-based ideas.

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