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Space Exploration

By JC1842
  • Russians launch the first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1

    Russians launch the first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1
  • A dog named Laika becomes the first living creature sent from Earth into space, aboard Russia's Sputnik 2.

    A dog named Laika becomes the first living creature sent from Earth into space, aboard Russia's Sputnik 2.
  • Launch of the first US satellite, Explorer 1

    Launch of the first US satellite, Explorer 1
  • Russian probe Luna 3 sends first pictures of the far side of the moon.

    Russian probe Luna 3 sends first pictures of the far side of the moon.
  • NASA launches a chimpanzee named Ham into space abioard a Mercury rocket

    NASA launches a chimpanzee named Ham into space abioard a Mercury rocket
  • Russian Yuri Gagarin becomes the first person in space in a 108-minute flight in Vostok 1

    Russian Yuri Gagarin becomes the first person in space in a 108-minute flight in Vostok 1
  • First American in space (Alan Shepard) in Freedom 7

    First American in space (Alan Shepard) in Freedom 7
  • First astronaut to orbit the Earth (John Glenn, USA) in Friendship 7

    First astronaut to orbit the Earth (John Glenn, USA) in Friendship 7
  • NASA's Mariner 2 scans the surface of Venus

    NASA's Mariner 2 scans the surface of Venus
  • Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova becomes first woman in space, aboard Vostok 6

    Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova becomes first woman in space, aboard Vostok 6
  • Soviet cosmonaut Alexi Leonov makes the first space walk

    Soviet cosmonaut Alexi Leonov makes the first space walk
  • Mariner 4 flies by Mars

    Mariner 4 flies by Mars
  • First Moon landing (by Soviet spacecraft Luna 9)

    First Moon landing (by Soviet spacecraft Luna 9)
  • A fire on the launch pad of Apollo 1 kills three US astronauts

    A fire on the launch pad of Apollo 1 kills three US astronauts
  • First death in space (Soviet cosmonaut Vladmir Komrorov)

    First death in space (Soviet cosmonaut Vladmir Komrorov)
  • Soviet craft Venera 4 lands on Venus

    Soviet craft Venera 4 lands on Venus
  • First crewed spacecraft to orbit the Moon (Apollo 8)

    First crewed spacecraft to orbit the Moon (Apollo 8)
  • US astronaut Neil Armstrong becomes the first person to walk on the Moon.

    US astronaut Neil Armstrong becomes the first person to walk on the Moon.
  • Russian rover the first vehicle to drive on the Moon.

    Russian rover the first vehicle to drive on the Moon.
  • Launch of the first space station (the Soviet Salyut 1)

    Launch of the first space station (the Soviet Salyut 1)
  • First space probe to fly by Jupiter (Pioneer 10)

    First space probe to fly by Jupiter (Pioneer 10)
  • First space probe to fly by Mercury (Mainer 10)

    First space probe to fly by Mercury (Mainer 10)
  • First US and Soviet Spacecraftdocking (Apollo/Soyuz)

    First US and Soviet Spacecraftdocking (Apollo/Soyuz)
  • First successfullanding on Mars (by space probe Viking 1)

    First successfullanding on Mars (by space probe Viking 1)
  • First Saturn fly-by (Pioneer 11)

    First Saturn fly-by (Pioneer 11)
  • First space shuttle launch (Columbia)

    First space shuttle launch (Columbia)
  • Space shuttle Challenger explodes during launch, killing all 7 crew

    Space shuttle Challenger explodes during launch, killing all 7 crew
  • First Unranus fly-by (Voyager 2)

    First Unranus fly-by (Voyager 2)
  • Launch of Russian space station Mir

    Launch of Russian space station Mir
  • First fly-by of Halley's comet (by European space probe Giotto)

    First fly-by of Halley's comet (by European space probe Giotto)
  • First Neptune fly-by (Voyager 2)

    First Neptune fly-by (Voyager 2)
  • Space shuttle, Discovery, launches the Hubble Space Telscope (HST)

    Space shuttle, Discovery, launches the Hubble Space Telscope (HST)
  • First part of the International Space Station (ISS) launched

    First part of the International Space Station (ISS) launched
  • Mars Climate Orbiter disappears after orbitting Mars

    Mars Climate Orbiter disappears after orbitting Mars
  • Mars Polar Lander disappears, creating further embarassment for NASA

    Mars Polar Lander disappears, creating further embarassment for NASA
  • Mir space station abandoned and crashes off the coast of Australia in the Pacific Ocean.

    Mir space station abandoned and crashes off the coast of Australia in the Pacific Ocean.
  • First tourist in space (Dennis Tito)

    First tourist in space (Dennis Tito)
  • Space shuttle Columbia explodes on re-entry, killing all seven astronauts

    Space shuttle Columbia explodes on re-entry, killing all seven astronauts
  • Twin Mars Exploration Rover missions Spirit and Opportunity land on Mars

    Twin Mars Exploration Rover missions Spirit and Opportunity land on Mars