Take the Planetary Exploration Quiz!

Welcome to our Friday quiz!

Today we’re going to be looking at planetary exploration. Good Luck!

This quiz will be available, but prize eligibility will end on Sunday at midnight US EDT.

This quiz, one prize: (drawn from the high scores): One copy of our Liftoff 2-DVD set. (If you already have this set I will make a substitution)

Since we’re offering prizes we ask that you take the quiz only once, and that you do NOT use the Google machine to give us your answers. Good Luck!

Planetary Exploration Quiz: You'll be challenged with 10 questions on planetary exploration. Since we consider our quiz candidates to be a competent lot, but this quiz is one of our tougher tests, we've established a passing grade on this quiz of 70%. The quiz features ten questions, each worth ten points.

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1) What was the US probe to escape from the Earth's gravity (eventually entering a solar orbit)?
2) What was the first fully successful Ranger mission to the Moon (returning close-up photographs)?
3) What was the first successful planetary encounter? And what planet did it flyby?
4) What was the first probe from Earth to impact the Moon?
5) What probe was the first to successfully fly by Mars and return pictures of its surface?
6) What was the first rover delivered to the surface of the Moon?
7) What probe conducted the first successful flyby of Jupiter?
8) What was the first successful Mars lander (returning photos from the surface)?
9) What was the first probe to successfully land on a moon of an outer planet?
10) If all goes as planned, what will be the first probe to flyby Pluto (in July 2015)?



6 Responses

  1. Derek Buckley
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    Wow — my guessing streak continues. I only felt comfortable about the back half…

  2. Carl Alessi
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    Question 1 should say “What was the FIRST US probe….”

  3. Dave W
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    Man, I can get the “proper name” of the missions correct, just not the number! Oh well…

  4. Glenn Johnson
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    This was a great quiz. I did pretty well after muffing that first question!

  5. CHRIS B
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    I got to spend time on the unmanned missions not just the manned ones.

  6. Scott stiff
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    I loved it takes me back in time

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