This unit includes 44 men and women who had an impact on the space program and 35 key events that shaped the exploration of space. Each has 7 questions for students to answer as they do independent research on people including Jerry Ross, Walter M. Schirra, Mary Jackson, and Mae Jemison, and many others. Events range from Sputnik 1 to Messenger and Curiosity. Six bonus research prompts are included that are suitable for research papers. 90 pages total. Ages 11-18.