Space Exploration

  • Sputnik 1

    Sputnik 1
    The Soviets launched Sputnik 1 in 1957. This caused a lot a chaos in the U.S because they thought the russians were going to fire missles from space.
  • Sputnik 2

    Sputnik 2
    Sputnik 2 was the second spacecraft that was launched to orbit earth.Sputnik 2 was the first biological spacecraft.
  • Explorer 1

    Explorer 1
    On January 31, 1958 the United States launched Explorer I from Cape Canaveral in Florida.
  • Nasa was formed

    Nasa was formed
    On October 1, 1958 NASA was formed after Congress passes the National Aeronautics and Space Act.
  • Yuri Gagarian

    Yuri Gagarian
    On April 12, 1961 Yuri Gagarian was the 1st person to ever go to space and return safely.
  • Frendship 7

    Frendship 7
    When Friendship 7 was launched on May 5, 1961, Alan Shepard became the first American man in space. The launch of the Friendship 7 was part of the Mercury Project, it lasted 15 minutes, 28 seconds.
  • JFK announces goal

    JFK announces goal
    U.S. President John F. Kennedy announces the goal of sending astronauts to the moon before the end of the decade.
  • Friendship 7

    Friendship 7
    The launch of Friendship 7 (it was also part of the Mercury Project) made astronaut John Glenn the first American to go into orbit. Total flight time was about five hours.
  • Gemini 5

    Gemini 5
    On August 21 the Gemini 5 launched with Gordon Cooper and Charles Conrad inside. They went on an eight-day mission to test rendezvous guidance and navigation systems.Gemini would be the critical link between the Mercury Project and the Apollo missions.
  • Mission AS-204 fail

    Mission AS-204 fail
    Mission AS-204 is struck by tragedy when a fire breaks out during a launch pad test, killing three astronauts: Virgil Grissom; Edward White; Roger Chaffee.
  • Saturn V Rocket

    Saturn V Rocket
    On November 9, 1967 was the first test flight of the Saturn V Rocket,It would carry dozens of spacecraft into space in the years to come.
  • Apollo 11

    Apollo 11
    On this Day the famous Apollo 11 had launched off into space.
  • Neil Armstrong & Edwin "Buzz" land on the moon

    Neil Armstrong & Edwin "Buzz" land on the moon
    On this day Apollo 11 finally landed in the moon carrying Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" and the famous quote was said,"This is 1 small step for man, 1 giant leap for mankind"
  • Pioneer 10

    Pioneer 10
    The Pioneer 10 was launched. It was Earth's first space probe to an outer planet, the first spacecraft to travel through the asteroid belt, the first spacecraft to make direct observations and obtain close-up images of Jupiter, and the first man-made object to leave the solar system.
  • The Launching of Skylab

    The Launching of Skylab
    The United States launches it's first space station, Skylab
  • Apollo-Soyuz Test Project

    Apollo-Soyuz Test Project
    this was the first international manned space flight to test out cooperated space rescue and docking.
  • Viking 1

    Viking 1
    Viking 1 was the first orbiter and lander sent to Mars. Viking 2 would launch a couple of weeks later.They both landed on Mar's safely.For 6 years they sent back the first set of images and data from the Martian surface.
  • Voyager 2

    Voyager 2
    On this day Voyager 2 was launched.this was supposed to be a five year mission to study Jupiter and Saturn. Voyagers 1 and 2 continue to send back pictures and data today, 30 years later.
  • Voyager 1

    Voyager 1
    Voyager 1 was launched on this day.
  • Pioneer Venus

    Pioneer Venus
    This day was the launch day of one of two spacecrafts called Pioneer Venus.This spacecraft would study Venus's atmosphere.
  • Space Shuttle Columbia

    Space Shuttle Columbia
    On the space shuttle Columbia, Robert L. Crippen and John W. Young make the first mission in NASA's space shuttle program.
  • First American woman in space

     First American woman in space
    On this flight Sally Ride becomes the first
    American women in space aboard the Challenger mission STS-7.
  • Challenger mission STS-51L

    Challenger mission STS-51L
    This was the first catastrophe for NASA. Space Shuttle Challenger mission STS-51L exploded 1 min. and 13 seconds after it took off with 7 crew members aboard.
  • Mir

    Space station Mir launched on this day.
  • Fist African American in space.

    Fist African American in space.
    Guion S. Bluford Jr., became the first African American in space.He was aboard the shuttle mission STS-8 on space shuttle challenger.
  • Galileo

    Space shuttle Atlantis launched Galileo to study Jupiter and its surrounding moons.
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    Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev

    Cosomaut Sergei Krikalev was the first Russian to go aboard a U.S space shuttle.
  • Norman Thagard

    Norman Thagard
    Norman Thagard launched with Cosmonauts Vladimir Dezhurov and Gennady Strekalov aboard a Russian Soyuz to spend 115 days on Mir.
  • Mars Pathfinder

    Mars Pathfinder
    Mars Pathfinder was launched on this day.
  • Pathfinder lands on Mars

    Pathfinder lands on Mars
    The Pathfinder lands on Mars.The rover Sojourner would explore Mars surface for more than 80 days.
  • International Space Station (ISS)

    International Space Station (ISS)
    The first part of the ISS was launched.
  • First residents on the ISS

    First residents on the ISS
    The crew of Expedition One, astronaut Bill Shepherd and cosmonauts Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev, dock at the International Space Station.They are the first people to stay aboard the ISS.
  • Genisis

    Genisis was launched.Genisis was supposed to collect samples of atoms from solar wind.It would be the first attempt to return samples back to earth since the Apollo missions.
  • Columbia space shuttle explodes

    Columbia space shuttle explodes
    The Columbia space shuttle exploded upon re-entry.Carrying a crew of seven it was a tragic moment but, the accident was later attributed to damage sustained to foam insulation and has led NASA to understand how to safely repair similar damage on later missions.
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    Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity

    Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity launch into space
  • Spirit and Oppurtunity land on martian surface

    Spirit and Oppurtunity land on martian surface
    Spirit and Oppurtunity landed on Mars surface.They are still exploring the planet today
  • Genisis crash landing

    Genisis crash landing
    After capturing particles from the sun, Genesis made a dramatic crash landing in Utah when its parachute failed to deploy. Despite the landing, scientists still managed to recover and study the samples of the sun.
  • Spaceshipone

    SpaceShipOne became the first privately built craft to reach outer space.
  • Pheonix Lander

    Pheonix Lander
    Phoenix lander launches on its way to explore the northern pole of Mars