2 space shuttles were named for crafts commanded by this man who died far from home in 1779

Find out everything that you need to know about today’s Jeopardy episode, including the Final Jeopardy, clues and answers, and the contestants plus who won tonight!

CATEGORY: Space Shuttles

CLUE: 2 space shuttles were named for crafts commanded by this man who died far from home in 1779

ANSWER: Captain James Cook

About Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, 11 April 2024

Captain James Cook, an iconic figure in the annals of exploration and maritime history, embarked on three groundbreaking voyages across the uncharted waters of the Pacific Ocean, significantly expanding Western knowledge of these vast areas. His expeditions, which took place in the late 18th century, were monumental in mapping the Pacific, including New Zealand, Australia, and Hawaii, among other locations. Cook’s ability to navigate and chart these territories with remarkable precision was unprecedented at the time and laid the foundation for future explorations. His first voyage aboard the HMS Endeavour from 1768 to 1771, aimed at observing the transit of Venus across the Sun, also led to the European discovery of the eastern coast of Australia. On his third and final voyage, while commanding the HMS Discovery in an attempt to find a Northwest Passage between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, Cook met a tragic end in Hawaii in 1779, during a conflict with the local population.

Reflecting the spirit of exploration and discovery that Captain Cook embodied, NASA named two of its space shuttles after Cook’s ships: Endeavour and Discovery. The Space Shuttle Endeavour, which made its maiden flight in 1992, was named after Cook’s HMS Endeavour, in recognition of the scientific exploration and discoveries made during Cook’s first voyage. Similarly, the Space Shuttle Discovery, which flew its first mission in 1984, drew its name from HMS Discovery, highlighting the continuous quest for knowledge and exploration that marked Cook’s expeditions. These space shuttles, part of NASA’s orbiter fleet until the Space Shuttle program ended in 2011, carried on Cook’s legacy, pushing the boundaries of human exploration and scientific endeavor into the final frontier—space. Through missions that deployed satellites, conducted experiments, and contributed to the construction of the International Space Station, Endeavour and Discovery extended mankind’s reach and understanding, mirroring the exploratory spirit and courage of Captain James Cook’s historic voyages.

Who Won Jeopardy Tonight? – Thursday, 11 April 2024

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy tonight? Scroll down below to find out everyone’s final scores, as well as the scores after the Single Jeopardy and Double Jeopardy rounds!

Returning ChampionContestantContestant
Lee Wilkins
Auburn, Alabama
Regulatory Affairs Coordinator
1 Day Winnings of $2,200

Final Score: $3,200
Round 2 Score: $3,200
Round 1 Score: $800
Brian Hardzinski
Originally Flower Mound, Texas
Public Radio Producer

Final Score: $28,000
Round 2 Score: $14,000
Round 1 Score: $2,400
Alison Betts
Originally San Jose, California
Writer & Creative Executive

Winning Score: $28,600
Round 2 Score: $14,600
Round 1 Score: $9,000

Final Jeopardy Video – Thursday, 11 April 2024

Watch all the videos from today’s Jeopardy episode below, including highlights, behind the scenes outtakes and full episodes.

Final Jeopardy is the final round of the popular American television game show Jeopardy!, in which participants test their knowledge in numerous areas by answering questions. In Final Jeopardy, participants are given a single clue and must wager a percentage of their existing earnings based on their confidence in their ability to successfully respond.

Each contestant surreptitiously writes down their wager during the commercial break. The Final Jeopardy clue is presented when the programme resumes, and participants have 30 seconds to write down their solution in the form of a question (e.g., “What is…?”). When the timer runs out, the host, reveals each contestant’s response and wager in ascending order of their pre-Final Jeopardy scores. The scores of contestants are adjusted based on whether their response is correct or incorrect, as well as the amount wagered. At the end of the round, the contestant with the highest score is proclaimed the winner.

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