Apollo 11

Space Missions

  • Sputnik 1

    Sputnik 1
    Sputnik 1 was the first man-made object to enter space. Sputnik 1 did not carry any people, and it remained in orbit until January 4th, 1958.
  • Sputnik 2

    Sputnik 2
    Sputnik 2, was the second man-made object to enter space however, this space pod was carrying a dog named Laika. Since the Soviets did not create a plan for the pod to come back to Earth, Laika died in space. This sparked debates about animal rights all around the world.
  • Explorer 1

    Explorer 1
    Explorer 1, the first American satellite in orbit took to space in Cape Canaveral using a modified Jupiter-C rocket. This was a scientific experiment conducted by James A Van Allen. This pod discovered the Earth’s radiation belt.
  • Ranger 7

    Ranger 7
    Ranger 7 take the first close range photographs of the Moon.
  • Gemini 4

    Gemini 4
    Edward White makes the first US space walk, this lasted for 22 minutes.
  • Luna 9

    Luna 9
    Luna 9 was the first spacecraft to the make a soft landing on the moon.
  • Zond 5

    Zond 5
    Soviet Zond 5 is launched, the first spacecraft to orbit the Moon and return.
  • Apollo 11

    Apollo 11
    Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin made the first manned (nonmachine) soft landing on the moon.
  • Pioneer 11

    Pioneer 11
    Pioneer 11 reaches Saturn, flying to within 13,000 miles and taking the first close-up photographs
  • Magellan

    Spacecraft Magellan enters the atmosphere of Venus, burning up following the completion of its mapping mission.
  • Endeavour

    Space Shuttle Endeavour is launched carrying the Raffaello logistics module back to the ISS with new supplies.