6th Grade Space Quiz: Trivia!

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6th Grade Space Quiz: Trivia! - Quiz

Most youngsters dream of being astronauts and traveling up to space to get a first-person point of view of the universe. The study of what is outside the earth’s atmosphere began with some discoveries by great scientists and explorers. How much do you know about the exploration of space? Take up the quiz.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    He proved Copernicus heliocentric theory by using a telescope.

    • A.

      Galileo

    • B.

      Aristotle

    • C.

      Ptolemy

    • D.

      Copernicus

    Correct Answer
    A. Galileo
    Explanation
    Galileo is the correct answer because he used a telescope to observe the heavens and gather evidence to support Copernicus' heliocentric theory. By observing the movements of the planets and the phases of Venus, Galileo provided empirical evidence that supported the idea that the Earth revolves around the Sun. This challenged the prevailing geocentric model proposed by Aristotle and Ptolemy and confirmed Copernicus' theory.

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  • 2. 

    Believed in the earth-centered model (geocentric) and that planets follow elliptical orbits.

    • A.

      Galileo

    • B.

      Aristotle

    • C.

      Ptolemy

    • D.

      Copernicus

    Correct Answer
    C. Ptolemy
    Explanation
    Ptolemy believed in the earth-centered model (geocentric) and that planets follow elliptical orbits. This is evident from his work "Almagest" where he presented a comprehensive mathematical model of the universe based on this belief. Ptolemy's geocentric model was widely accepted for centuries until it was challenged by Copernicus' heliocentric model.

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  • 3. 

    Believed in the earth-centered model of the universe and that planet had elliptical orbits.

    • A.

      Galileo

    • B.

      Aristotle

    • C.

      Ptolemy

    • D.

      Copernicus

    Correct Answer
    B. Aristotle
    Explanation
    Aristotle believed in the earth-centered model of the universe and that planets had elliptical orbits. He proposed that the Earth was at the center of the universe, with all other celestial bodies revolving around it in perfect circular orbits. This geocentric model was widely accepted for centuries until it was later challenged by Copernicus and Galileo, who proposed the heliocentric model with the sun at the center. However, Aristotle's ideas were influential in shaping the understanding of the cosmos during his time.

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  • 4. 

    First to believe in a sun-centered universe (heliocentric), also believed that planets followed circular orbits.

    • A.

      Galileo

    • B.

      Aristotle

    • C.

      Ptolemy

    • D.

      Copernicus

    Correct Answer
    D. Copernicus
    Explanation
    Copernicus was the first to believe in a sun-centered universe (heliocentric) and also believed that planets followed circular orbits. This belief challenged the prevailing geocentric model proposed by Ptolemy and supported by Aristotle. Copernicus' theory, known as the Copernican model, revolutionized our understanding of the solar system and laid the foundation for modern astronomy.

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  • 5. 

    Things fall because of __________

    Correct Answer
    gravity
    Explanation
    Objects fall because of the force of gravity. Gravity is a natural phenomenon by which all things with mass or energy are brought toward one another. It is the force that pulls objects towards the center of the Earth. When an object is dropped, the force of gravity acts on it, causing it to accelerate towards the ground. This is why things fall downwards instead of floating or moving upwards.

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  • 6. 

    The _________ carried 2 astronauts per mission.

    Correct Answer
    gemini
    Explanation
    The Gemini program, which was a part of NASA's space missions, carried 2 astronauts per mission.

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  • 7. 

    The first __________ were produced in China in 1232.

    Correct Answer
    rockets
    Explanation
    Rockets were first produced in China in 1232.

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  • 8. 

    What was the first U.S. space station?

    • A.

      Skylab

    • B.

      Sputnik

    • C.

      International Space Station (ISS)

    Correct Answer
    A. Skylab
    Explanation
    Skylab was the first U.S. space station. It was launched by NASA in 1973 and remained in orbit until 1979. Skylab was designed to conduct scientific experiments and provide a platform for astronauts to live and work in space for extended periods. It was a significant milestone in the U.S. space program and paved the way for future space stations such as the International Space Station (ISS). Sputnik was the first artificial satellite launched into space by the Soviet Union in 1957, and the ISS is a collaborative project involving multiple countries including the U.S.

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  • 9. 

    Who was the first man in space?

    • A.

      Alan Shephard

    • B.

      John Glenn

    • C.

      Yuri Gagarin

    • D.

      Valentina Tershkova

    Correct Answer
    C. Yuri Gagarin
    Explanation
    Yuri Gagarin is the correct answer because he was the first man to travel into space. On April 12, 1961, Gagarin successfully completed a single orbit around the Earth aboard the Vostok 1 spacecraft, making him a pioneering figure in the history of space exploration. His achievement marked a significant milestone in human spaceflight and opened the door for further advancements in space exploration.

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  • 10. 

    He was the first US man to orbit the earth.

    • A.

      Alan Shephard

    • B.

      Aristotle

    • C.

      Neil Armstrong

    • D.

      John Glenn

    Correct Answer
    D. John Glenn
    Explanation
    John Glenn is the correct answer because he was the first US man to orbit the earth. This achievement took place on February 20, 1962, when Glenn piloted the Friendship 7 spacecraft as part of NASA's Mercury-Atlas 6 mission. He successfully completed three orbits around the Earth, making him a pioneer in space exploration and a national hero. Glenn's historic feat paved the way for future space missions and contributed significantly to the advancement of space technology.

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  • 11. 

    The first US manned Space program.

    • A.

      Mercury

    • B.

      Gemini

    • C.

      Apollo

    • D.

      Mir

    Correct Answer
    A. Mercury
    Explanation
    Mercury was the first US manned space program. It was initiated in 1958 and aimed to put a human in orbit around the Earth. The program consisted of six manned flights between 1961 and 1963, with the first American astronaut, Alan Shepard, being launched into space in 1961. The Mercury program laid the foundation for future space exploration and paved the way for the subsequent Gemini and Apollo programs, which aimed to achieve more ambitious goals such as spacewalks and lunar landings.

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  • 12. 

    The name of the Russian Space Station that was in operation for 15 years was named _______

    Correct Answer
    Mir
    mir
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Mir" or "mir". Mir was the name of the Russian Space Station that was in operation for 15 years.

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  • 13. 

    The _________________is designed to transport astronauts to and from a space station. 

    Correct Answer
    Space Shuttle
    space shuttle
    spaceshuttle
    Explanation
    The space shuttle is specifically designed to transport astronauts to and from a space station. It is a reusable spacecraft that can be launched into space multiple times, carrying both crew members and cargo. The space shuttle played a crucial role in the development of the International Space Station (ISS) and was used for various missions, including satellite deployment, scientific research, and space exploration. Its unique design allowed for the safe transportation of astronauts and equipment to and from the Earth's orbit.

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  • 14. 

    Robert Goddard first built and launched a _________________ filled rocket.

    Correct Answer
    liquid
    Explanation
    Robert Goddard first built and launched a liquid-filled rocket. This means that the rocket was powered by a liquid fuel, rather than a solid or gas fuel. Liquid-fueled rockets have the advantage of being able to be controlled and throttled, allowing for more precise and efficient propulsion. This was a significant development in the field of rocketry, as it laid the foundation for future advancements in space exploration and technology.

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  • 15. 

    The first rocket (satellite) launched into space. (sent by the Soviet Union)

    • A.

      Mir

    • B.

      Copernicus

    • C.

      Sputnik

    • D.

      Gagarin

    Correct Answer
    C. Sputnik
    Explanation
    Sputnik was the first rocket (satellite) launched into space by the Soviet Union. It marked a significant milestone in space exploration as it successfully orbited the Earth, demonstrating the Soviet Union's technological prowess and sparking the Space Race with the United States. Sputnik's launch on October 4, 1957, marked the beginning of the Space Age and paved the way for future space missions and advancements in satellite technology.

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  • 16. 

    The first woman in space was:

    • A.

      Apollo

    • B.

      Svetlana Ushachek

    • C.

      Valentina Tershkova

    • D.

      Neil Armstrong

    Correct Answer
    C. Valentina Tershkova
    Explanation
    Valentina Tershkova is the correct answer because she was the first woman to travel into space. She accomplished this on June 16, 1963, aboard the Vostok 6 spacecraft, making her a pioneer in space exploration for women. Apollo and Neil Armstrong are not relevant to the question, and Svetlana Ushachek is not a known figure in space history.

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  • 17. 

    Apollo _____________ took the first men to the moon.

    Correct Answer
    11
    eleven
    Explanation
    The question is asking for the word that completes the sentence "Apollo _____________ took the first men to the moon." Both "11" and "eleven" are numerical representations of the number 11. Therefore, either "11" or "eleven" can be used to complete the sentence.

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  • 18. 

    The first animals in space were ______________________

    Correct Answer
    monkeys
    monkys
    monkies
    Explanation
    The correct answer is monkeys. Monkeys were the first animals to be sent into space. They were used in various space missions by both the United States and the Soviet Union in the 1940s and 1950s. These missions helped scientists understand the effects of space travel on living organisms and paved the way for human space exploration.

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  • 19. 

    Unmanned space missions are called:

    • A.

      Robots

    • B.

      Space probes

    • C.

      Rockets

    • D.

      Veggie Tales

    Correct Answer
    B. Space probes
    Explanation
    Unmanned space missions are commonly referred to as space probes. These missions involve sending spacecrafts to explore celestial bodies, collect data, and conduct scientific experiments without the presence of human astronauts on board. Space probes are equipped with various instruments and sensors to gather information about the target planet, moon, or other celestial objects. They play a crucial role in advancing our understanding of the universe and have been instrumental in discovering new planets, studying distant galaxies, and investigating the potential for extraterrestrial life.

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