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    Important Space Events

  • Sputnik 1, the first man-made object to orbit the Earth, is launched by the U.S.S.R., and remains in orbit until January 4, 1958.

     Sputnik 1, the first man-made object to orbit the Earth, is launched by the U.S.S.R., and remains in orbit until January 4, 1958.
  • Luna 1, first man-made satellite to orbit the moon, is launched by the U.S.S.R

    Luna 1, first man-made satellite to orbit the moon, is launched by the U.S.S.R
  • Luna 2 is launched, impacting on the moon on September 13 carrying a copy of the Soviet coat of arms, and becoming the first man-made object to hit the moon.

    Luna 2 is launched, impacting on the moon on September 13 carrying a copy of the Soviet coat of arms, and becoming the first man-made object to hit the moon.
  • Telstar 1, U.S. satellite, beams the first live transatlantic telecast

    Telstar 1, U.S. satellite, beams the first live transatlantic telecast
  • The first space walk is made from Soviet Voskhod 2 by Cosmonaut Alexei A. Leonov. Duration is 12 minutes

    The first space walk is made from Soviet Voskhod 2 by Cosmonaut Alexei A. Leonov. Duration is 12 minutes
  • Apollo 13 is launched, suffering an explosion in its SM oxygen tanks.

    Apollo 13 is launched, suffering an explosion in its SM oxygen tanks.
  • The United States launches Mariner 9, which becomes the first spacecraft to survey Mars from orbit.

     The United States launches Mariner 9, which becomes the first spacecraft to survey Mars from orbit.
  • The first manned mission of the Space Transportation System (STS-1), Columbia , is launched

  • Bruce McCandless takes the first untethered space walk using MMU from the space shuttle Challenger

    Bruce McCandless takes the first untethered space walk using MMU from the space shuttle Challenger
  • Space Shuttle Atlantis performs its seventh docking with Mir to support the repair & upgrade process, and bringing additional experiments for the space station.

    Space Shuttle Atlantis performs its seventh docking with Mir to support the repair & upgrade process, and bringing additional experiments for the space station.
  • the Galileo space probe safely completes its encounter with Jupiter's ice moon, Europa, at an altitude of 343 km.

    the Galileo space probe safely completes its encounter with Jupiter's ice moon, Europa, at an altitude of 343 km.