Space 1 - Answers

Published: Wednesday 23rd September 2015
  1. Which is the closest planet to Earth? Venus.
  2. How many different space shuttles were used in the space programme? Five (Atlantis, Challenger, Columbia, Discovery & Endeavour).
  3. What was the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth? Sputnik 1.
  4. What was the name of the spacecraft used by John Glenn in his first orbit of Earth? Friendship 7.
  5. Which two planets in our solar system have no moons? Venus & Mercury.
  6. Which planet is known as the Red Planet? Mars.
  7. In which US city would you find the Johnson Space Centre? Houston, Texas.
  8. Which are the only two planets in our solar system that rotate clockwise on their axis? Venus & Uranus.
  9. Which planets moons are named after characters from Shakespeare and Pope? Uranus.
  10. On what date does the Autumnal Equinox occur in the Northern Hemisphere? September 22nd.
  11. What was the name of the first space station? Salyut 1.
  12. How often does Halley's comet reappear? Every 76 years.
  13. Which planet has a feature known as "The Great Red Spot"? Jupiter.
  14. What gas is the atmosphere of Venus primarily composed of? Carbon DiOxide.
  15. Which planet is known as "The Veiled Planet"? Venus.
  16. What was the name of the probe sent to Mars in 1971? Mariner 9.
  17. Who in 2001 became the first space tourist after paying 20 million dollars for the trip? Dennis Tito.
  18. Of which two gases is the Sun mainly composed of? Hydrogen & Helium.
  19. Which spacecraft was the first to make a soft landing on the Moon? Luna 9.
  20. Which Apollo mission was the first to fly around the Moon? Apollo 8 (1968).


  1. jeff says:

    Ken great quizzes

  2. Steve says:

    Q.2 should be Columbia not Columbus

  3. Christine says:

    It depends on the time of year as to whether venus or mars is closest to earth

  4. Alan says:

    Christine, I’m afraid that the time of year doesn’t change which is closer.
    48,678,200 miles from Mars to Earth but only 25,724,800 miles between Venus and our planet.

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