NASA facts Selected as the most interesting among astronautics related questions in Astronautics quiz Which space rocket was the most powerful ever?Saturn V sent astronauts to the Moon. Fully fueled it had a total mass of 6.5 million pounds (3,000 metric tons) and a payload capacity of 260,000 pounds (120,000 kg). Its engines were heard from 50 miles away.Created by: Kasiaastronauts facts » What was the name of spacecraft in which the first three astronauts were killed?Apollo I. Apollo 1 was scheduled to be the first manned mission to the Moon. On January 27, 1967, a cabin fire during a launch pad test at Cape Canaveral killed all three crew members (pictured). The ignition source was never identified, but many lethal design and construction flaws were identified after the accident. The manned phase of the project was delayed for 20 months while those problems were corrected.Created by: globalquiz.orgastronautics facts » How many people stood on the Moon so far?Twelve. There have been six manned U.S. landings of the Apollo program (between 1969 and 1972) and numerous unmanned landings, though no soft landings have occurred since 1976.Created by: globalquiz.orgMoon facts » Who was the first to visit the Sea of Tranquility?Neil Armstrong. Apollo 11 landing site was selected because it had been characterized as relatively flat and smooth by the automated Ranger 8 and Surveyor 5 landers.Created by: ex-terminatortechnology facts » In 2012, NASA published famous 'Black Marble' night lights images. What are the lights in the uninhabited regions of western Australia caused by?Wildfires. These images were assembled from data acquired over nine days in April 2012 and 13 days in October 2012. This means fires and other lighting (such as ships) could have been detected on any one day and integrated into the composite picture, despite being temporary phenomena - giving the the appearance of a massive blaze.Created by: globalquiz.orggeography of Australia facts » The first American astronauts insitsted on the installation of an extra element to their spacecraft. What was it?Window. Early prototype Mercury spacecraft had just two portholes, but the Mercury astronauts demanded that a larger window be installed, not only for the view but also for orientation. The latter proved invaluable on the last mission, when instrument failure required visual orientation.Created by: NinjaiUSA facts » Play astronautics quiz and see all the questions.