Hope J. Hunt's Space Race timeline.

Timeline created by HJH1023009
  • First animal in space by USA

    First animal in space by USA
    Fruit Flies: The first animal in space was insects to test the effect of radiation exposure at high altitudes.
  • First Satellite in space made by USSR

    First Satellite in space made by USSR
    Sputnik 1:This work of art was made by the Soviet Union and was a great blow on the American pride due to Americans hoping to be the first to let out their own satellite into space first.
  • First animal in space sent by USSR

    First animal in space sent by USSR
    Laika:The first animal in space, Laika was sent on Sputnik 2 to the shock of the whole world. Sadly Laika died during flight, a good dog who'd gone through great training to get where he died.
  • First Satellite in space made by USA

    First Satellite in space made by USA
    Explorer 1:Considered USA's first foothold into space, Explorer 1 went 1,594 miles which was a great for the country but not for the whole world. Sputnik went 43 million miles.
  • The creation of NASA

    The creation of NASA
    The U.S congress established NASA (The National Aeronautics and Space Administration) to help with coordinating American activities in space. NASA was created in response to the Soviet Union's launch of Sputnik 1.
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    Project Gemini Main Events

    1.Alan Shepard Jr. became first man to go into space. May 5th 1961
    2.Alan Shepard jr. became first man to go into orbit. February 20th 1962
    3.Ed White became first man to do an EVA. June 3rd 1965
  • First man in space by USSR

    First man in space by USSR
    Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin: 27 years old when he flew, Yuri was the first man to go into space. The feat lasted 89 mins. Sadly, Yuri died in a mysterious plane crash at only 38 years old.
  • First man to orbit Earth by USSR

    First man to orbit Earth by USSR
    Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin:On the same day of his accomplishment of him being the first man in space, Yuri also became the First man to orbit Earth.
  • First American in space

    First American in space
    Alan Shepard Jr:This man was 38 years old when he became the first American to go to space. He blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida aboard a Mercury-Redstone rocket.
  • President Kennedy's announcement of commiting to the Moon Mission.

    President Kennedy's announcement of commiting to the Moon Mission.
    This announcement was made by John F. Kennedy, who announced that the U.S had a goal of landing a man on the Moon before a joint session in congress (A.K.A The end of the decade). He told in his speech of choosing to go to the Moon 'Not because it was an easy task, but because it is hard and is a challenge that we are willing to accept'.
  • First American to do an orbital flight around Earth

    First American to do an orbital flight around Earth
    John Herschel Glenn Jr:This Astronaut almost died during every one of the flight procedures due to how dangerous the missions at the time were. He flew in the Friendship 7 spacecraft.
  • First man to do an EVA by USSR

    First man to do an EVA by USSR
    Alexei Leonov:This man spent 12 minutes and 9 seconds doing EVAs(ExtraVehicular Activities) outside of the Voskhod 2 spacecraft and thought of himself 'As a Seagull flying above the Earth with its wings outstretched'. Unfortunately, Mr. Leonov had some trouble getting back into his spacecraft due to his suit swelling and so he ended up letting some air out of his suit before getting back in. A dangerous task indeed.
  • First American to do an EVA

    First American to do an EVA
    Ed White:This man did an EVA for 23 mins. He had a tether to keep him close to the ship and a gas 'gun' to move around.
  • Apollo 1 tragedy

    Apollo 1 tragedy
    The first fatal accident in the history of American space flight, a flash fire occurred in the command module that killed Virgil Grissom,Edward White, and Roger Chaffee.
  • Soyuz 1 disaster

    Soyuz 1 disaster
    Vladimir Komarov died in this incident from the ship not getting energy from one of its solar panels, then its parachutes didn't work. The poor Russian, screaming in rage while he fell towards Earth, died from the landing in Southeastern Russia.
  • X-15 Flight 3-65-97 disaster

    X-15 Flight 3-65-97 disaster
    This disaster was caused by an electrical problem that led to control problems during the flight. This disaster cost Michael J. Adams, a USAF astronaut's, life.
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    Apollo 7-11 'firsts'

    Apollo 7:First manned flight,first manned launch of the Saturn IB booster,first manned flight of the Command and Service Module, had the first three-man American crew, had the first use of countless spacecraft systems.
    Apollo 8:First circumlunar flight of CSM and first crewed flight of the Saturn V
    Apollo 9:First crewed test flight of Lunar module. First EVA tested with the Portable Life Support System
    Apollo 11:First landing in the 'Sea of Tranquility'