What Do You Know About Project Mercury?

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What Do You Know About Project Mercury? - Quiz

There had been several scientific research to put a man into Earth orbit and return him safely. Project Mercury was the first implemented and completed human space flight(from 1958-1963). The astronauts were collectively known as "Mercury Seven." This quiz is a great opportunity for you to access your knowledge. Hit the start button and get started. Good Luck!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Project Mercury was officially approved when? 

    • A.

      June 14, 1958

    • B.

      March 4, 1958

    • C.

      April 20, 1958

    • D.

      October 7, 1958

    Correct Answer
    D. October 7, 1958
    Explanation
    Project Mercury was officially approved on October 7, 1958.

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  • 2. 

    Soviet Union placed first satellite into orbit in what year? 

    • A.

      1956

    • B.

      1957

    • C.

      1958

    • D.

      1959

    Correct Answer
    B. 1957
    Explanation
    In 1957, the Soviet Union successfully placed the first satellite into orbit. This marked a significant milestone in the space race between the Soviet Union and the United States. The satellite, named Sputnik 1, was a small, spherical object that transmitted radio signals back to Earth. Its launch by the Soviet Union sparked a sense of urgency and competition in the United States, leading to increased investment in space exploration and the eventual landing of humans on the moon.

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  • 3. 

    NASA achieved its first goal, an American satellite in space in what year? 

    • A.

      1956

    • B.

      1957

    • C.

      1958

    • D.

      1959

    Correct Answer
    C. 1958
    Explanation
    In 1958, NASA achieved its first goal of launching an American satellite into space. This marked a significant milestone in space exploration and the beginning of NASA's journey to explore and understand the universe. The successful launch of the satellite demonstrated the capabilities of American space technology and paved the way for future space missions and advancements in scientific research.

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  • 4. 

    Who was the first appointed administrator of NASA? 

    • A.

      T. Keith Glennan

    • B.

      James E. Webb

    • C.

      Dr. Thomas O. Paine

    • D.

      Dr. George M. Low

    Correct Answer
    A. T. Keith Glennan
    Explanation
    T. Keith Glennan was the first appointed administrator of NASA. This can be inferred from the given options where his name is mentioned first.

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  • 5. 

    McDonnell Aircraft Cooperation was chosen to be prime contractor for the spacecraft in what year? 

    • A.

      1956

    • B.

      1957

    • C.

      1958

    • D.

      1959

    Correct Answer
    D. 1959
    Explanation
    In 1959, McDonnell Aircraft Cooperation was chosen to be the prime contractor for the spacecraft.

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  • 6. 

    The first American orbital flight was launched in which year? 

    • A.

      1960

    • B.

      1961

    • C.

      1962

    • D.

      1963

    Correct Answer
    C. 1962
    Explanation
    The first American orbital flight was launched in 1962. This answer is supported by the fact that the options provided are in chronological order, and 1962 is the only year listed after 1961, which is commonly known as the year of the first American manned spaceflight.

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  • 7. 

    The Mercury spacecraft's principal designer was who? 

    • A.

      Frank Barnwell

    • B.

      Igor Bensen

    • C.

      Erich Bachem

    • D.

      Maxime Faget

    Correct Answer
    D. Maxime Faget
    Explanation
    Maxime Faget was the principal designer of the Mercury spacecraft.

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  • 8. 

    The spacecraft was of which shape? 

    • A.

      Triangle

    • B.

      Cone

    • C.

      Circle

    • D.

      Trapezium

    Correct Answer
    B. Cone
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Cone because a cone is a three-dimensional geometric shape with a circular base and a pointed top, resembling the shape of a spacecraft. The other options, triangle, circle, and trapezium, do not accurately describe the shape of a spacecraft.

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  • 9. 

    Between 1958 and 1959, the Mercury spacecraft design was modified by NASA how many times? 

    • A.

      Three times

    • B.

      Four times

    • C.

      Five times

    • D.

      Six times

    Correct Answer
    A. Three times
    Explanation
    The correct answer is three times. This means that between 1958 and 1959, NASA modified the design of the Mercury spacecraft on three separate occasions.

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  • 10. 

    NASA ordered how many production spacecraft? 

    • A.

      15

    • B.

      17

    • C.

      20

    • D.

      23

    Correct Answer
    C. 20
    Explanation
    NASA ordered a total of 20 production spacecraft.

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