1960s space race

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    1960s space race

  • Tiros 1, the first successful weather satellite, is launched.

    Tiros 1, the first successful weather satellite, is launched.
    Tiros 1, the first successful weather satellite, is launched.
  • The US launches Discoverer XIV, its first camera equipped spy satellite.

    The US launches Discoverer XIV, its first camera equipped spy satellite.
  • John F. Kennedy is elected the 35th President of the United States.

    John F. Kennedy is elected the 35th President of the United States.
  • (Soviet Union)Yuri Gagarin orbits the Earth once and becomes the first man in space.

    (Soviet Union)Yuri Gagarin orbits the Earth once and becomes the first man in space.
  • Alan B. Shepard becomes the first American in space.

    Alan B. Shepard becomes the first American in space.
  • (SU)Gherman Titov spends a day in space aboard Vostok 2

    (SU)Gherman Titov spends a day in space aboard Vostok 2
  • President John F. Kennedy addresses Congress and challenges the nation to go to the Moon before the end of the decade.

    President John F. Kennedy addresses Congress and challenges the nation to go to the Moon before the end of the decade.
  • Gus Grissom is launched on a sub-orbital flight. His Liberty-Bell capsule is lost when it fills with water and sinks after splashdown.

    Gus Grissom is launched on a sub-orbital flight. His Liberty-Bell capsule is lost when it fills with water and sinks after splashdown.
  • (SU) Gherman Titov spends a day in space aboard Vostok 2.

    (SU) Gherman Titov spends a day in space aboard Vostok 2.
  • NASA announces the Gemini Program.

    NASA announces the Gemini Program.
  • (US)John Glenn orbits the Earth three times.

    (US)John Glenn orbits the Earth three times.
  • (US)Scott Carpenter repeats John Glenn's flight aboard "Aurora 7".

    (US)Scott Carpenter repeats John Glenn's flight aboard "Aurora 7".
  • President Kennedy gives a speech at Rice University reaffirming the importance of the Moon program.

    President Kennedy gives a speech at Rice University reaffirming the importance of the Moon program.
  • NASA selects its second group of astronauts.

    NASA selects its second group of astronauts.
  • (US)Walter Schirra orbits the Earth six times.

    (US)Walter Schirra orbits the Earth six times.
  • (US)L. Gordon Cooper spends 34 hours in space. He is the last American to fly in space alone.

    (US)L. Gordon Cooper spends 34 hours in space. He is the last American to fly in space alone.
  • (SU)Cosmonaut Valentia Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space.

    (SU)Cosmonaut Valentia Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space.
  • (SU)Alexei Leonov spends 12 minutes outside of his Voskhod spacecraft performing the first spacewalk.

    (SU)Alexei Leonov spends 12 minutes outside of his Voskhod spacecraft performing the first spacewalk.
  • (US)Ranger 7 transmits the first close range images of the Moon.

    (US)Ranger 7 transmits the first close range images of the Moon.
  • (US)Astronaut Theodore Freeman dies in a plane crash.

    (US)Astronaut Theodore Freeman dies in a plane crash.
  • Gus Grissom and John Young fly the first manned Gemini spacecraft.

    Gus Grissom and John Young fly the first manned Gemini spacecraft.
  • (SU)Luna 9 becomes the first spacecraft to soft-land on the Moon.

    (SU)Luna 9 becomes the first spacecraft to soft-land on the Moon.
  • (US)Astronauts Charles Bassett and Elliott See die when their plane crashes in bad weather.

    (US)Astronauts Charles Bassett and Elliott See die when their plane crashes in bad weather.
  • (US)Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee are killed when a fire ignites in their Apollo 1 capsule while performing a test on the launch pad.

    (US)Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee are killed when a fire ignites in their Apollo 1 capsule while performing a test on the launch pad.
  • (SU)Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov is killed when the parachutes of his Soyuz 1 capsule fail to open properly following re-entry.

    (SU)Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov is killed when the parachutes of his Soyuz 1 capsule fail to open properly following re-entry.
  • (SU)Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, dies in a plane crash.

    (SU)Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, dies in a plane crash.
  • (SU)Zond 5 is launched. It carried a biological payload (including two turtles) around the Moon and returned to Earth six days later.

    (SU)Zond 5 is launched. It carried a biological payload (including two turtles) around the Moon and returned to Earth six days later.
  • (SU)Soyuz 4 & 5 perform the first Soviet spacecraft docking.

    (SU)Soyuz 4 & 5 perform the first Soviet spacecraft docking.
  • (US)Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin become the first men to walk on the Moon while crewmate Michael Collins orbits around the Moon alone.

    (US)Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin become the first men to walk on the Moon while crewmate Michael Collins orbits around the Moon alone.