Gaelin space timeline By HISstudent10 Period: Jan 1, 1940 to Dec 1, 2000 Space Jun 18, 1957 First orbiting satellite Sputnik was the first orbting satellite. It weighed 184 pounds. Oct 4, 1957 First orbiting satellite Sputnik was the first orbiting satellite. Nov 3, 1957 Frist dog in space The first dog in space was named Laika. Laika died by starvation on Sputnik. Apr 12, 1961 First person to orbit the Earth Yuri Gagarin was the first to orbit the Earth. Apr 12, 1961 First person in space The first person in space was Yuri Gagarin. He orbited the Earth once and came back to Earth. May 5, 1961 First American in space The first American in space was Alan Shepard. Aug 24, 1962 Saturn V Rocket Werner Von Braun made the Saturn V Rocket to go into space the first time. Jun 18, 1983 First woman in space The first woman in space was Sally Ride.