History of Space Exploration

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  • Sputnik 1

    ImagesSoviet Union launches Sputnik 1, the world's first artificial satellite.
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    Space Exploration

  • Sputnik 2

    LaikaSoviet Union launched Sputnik 2 carrying a dog named Laika. Never returned.
  • Explorer 1

    PictureUnited States launches Explorer 1.
  • NASA

    BuildingN.A.S.A. is founded and formally organized.
  • Yuri Gagarin

    GagarinVostok 1 is launched by the Soviet Union carrying Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space. He orbits the Earth once.
  • John Glenn

    GlennJohn Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth in Friendship 7. He orbits the Earth 3 times.
  • Apollo 11

    Apollo 11Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin land and walk on the moon. (First men to walk on the moon.)
  • Skylab

    SkylabSkylab, a US space station, is launched and used as a laboratory in earth orbit.
  • Apollo/ Soyuz 19

    PictureAmerican Apollo & Soviet Soyuz 19 are managed jointly for first international space flight mission.
  • Sally Ride

    1st woman Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space.
  • Challenger

    ChallengerThe Challenger disintegrates less than one minute after launch, killing seven astronauts.
  • Hubble Telescope

    Hubble NASA's Hubble Telescope sent into space for exploration.
  • John Glenn

    2nd tripJohn Glenn, 77, becomes the oldest person to travel in space.
  • Columbia STS-107

    STS-107Space shuttle Columbia STS-107 disintegrated upon re-entering the Earth's atmosphere. The fiery explosion left a huge trail of debris, mostly over East Texas.
  • Satellite Collision

    Satellite Two communication satellites, one Russian and the other American collide in space.
  • ISS

    ISSInside the Space Station International Space Station is scheduled to be completed.