History of Space Travel

  • Sputnik

    Soviet Union launches Sputnik, the worlds first artificial earth satellite.
  • NASA

    NASA is established to conduct space acivities.
  • Mercury Seven

    Mercury Seven
    The "Mercury Seven" are introduced.
  • Luna 3

    Luna 3
    Luna 3 sends back the first images of the far side of the Moon.
  • Echo 1

    Echo 1
    The Echo1 satellite reflects radio waves back to earth.
  • First Chimp in Space

    Ham becomes the first chimp in space.
  • Yuri Gagarin

    Yuri Gagarin
    Yuri Gagarin became the first human being to travel into space in Vostok 1.
  • Freedom 7

    Freedom 7
    Freedom 7's Alan Shepard became the first American in space.
  • Space Challenge

    Kennedy sets space challenge to land a man on the moon.
  • John Glenn

    John glenn vecame the first American astronaut to orbit the earth in Friendship 7.
  • First Spacewalk

    Aleksei A. Leonov becomes the first man to perform a spacewalk.
  • Gemini 12

    Gemini 12 was the last Gemini flight before the Apollo program.
  • Apollo 9

    The Apollo 9 mission tested the lunar module and docking.
  • Apollo 11

    Apollo 11 Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin land and walk on the Moon.
  • Apollo 15

    Apollo 15 uses the first Lunar Rover, one of the most complex vehicles built.
  • Apollo 17

    NASA's final mission to the Moon on Apollo 17
  • Skylab

    Skylab, a US Space Station, served as a laboratory in earth orbit.
  • Viking 1

    Viking 1's first photos from Mars reveal traces of nitrogen.
  • Saturn Photos

    Voyager sends photos of Saturn. They confounded all known laws of physics.
  • First Space Shuttle Launch

    The first Space Shuttle launch.
  • Spacewalk

    The first unteathered Spacewalk on the Space Shuttle Challenger.
  • Challenger Explosion

    Challenger explodes shortly after launching, killing seven astronauts.
  • Mir Space Station

  • Voyager 2

    Voyager 2 flies within 3100 miles of Neptune and discovers six new moons.
  • Hubble Space Telescope

    Hubble Space Telescope is deployed.
  • Pathfinder

    Pathfinder lands on Mars. The rover explored the Martian terrain.
  • ISS

    The International Space Station recieves its first permanent habitation.