Space 2 - Answers

Published: Sunday 20th March 2016
  1. Which is the nearest galaxy to Earth? Andromeda.
  2. Which astronaut on the Apollo 11 mission did not land on the moon? Michael Collins.
  3. Who was the captain of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission? James Lovell.
  4. Who was the first man to orbit the Earth? Yuri Gagarin.
  5. Which is the second planet away from the Sun? Venus.
  6. Who first put forward the Big Bang Theory for the origin of the Universe? Georges LeMaitre.
  7. In which English county is the Jodrell Bank observatory located? Cheshire.
  8. What are the rings around Saturn primarily composed of? Ice & Rocks.
  9. Which is the only planet named after a Greek deity? Uranus.
  10. On what date does the Vernal Equinox occur in the Northern Hemisphere? March 21st.
  11. Who in 1991 became the first Briton in space? Helen Sharman.
  12. What was the name of NASA's first space station that operated between 1973 and 1974? Sky Lab.
  13. Which planet has the hottest surface temperature? Venus.
  14. Which planet was discovered by William Herschel in 1781? Uranus.
  15. In which modern country is Baikonur, the primary launch site for many Soviet space mission? Kazakhstan.
  16. Who discovered Callisto & Ganymede, two of Jupiter's moons? Galileo.
  17. What name was given to the vehicle that the US astronauts used on the moon? Lunar Rover.
  18. How many planets make up our solar system? Eight.
  19. What was the name of the space station launched by the USSR in 1986? Mir.
  20. Which planets are known as the Gas Giants? Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune & Uranus.


  1. David says:

    Is the nearest galaxy to Earth not The Milky Way?

  2. trevor says:

    David we are in the Milky Way

  3. Martin Anderson says:

    Erm… question 4
    is definitely incorrect. I think you meant to ask…”Who was the first man in space?”

    However the first man to orbit the earth was of course John Glenn who died on 8th December 2016.

  4. Ken Probin says:

    In April 1961, Yuri Gagarin was the first man in space, and his spacecraft Vostok 1 made a full orbit before returning to Earth.
    In 1962 John Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth, circling it three times.
    So Q4 would be correct Ken.

  5. Iain Burns says:

    Surely the nearest galaxy to earth is the one it’s in…the Milky Way ?

  6. mark shere says:

    Regarding nearest galaxy pedants – if the question was “Which is the nearest city to London?” the answer would not be “London”, since it is asking for the nearest to the situation it is in. So the nearest galaxy is Andromeda.

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