Space Exploration

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  • Sputnik

    The Soviet Union launches Sputnik I. The Sputnik I is the first satelite to orbit the Earth.
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    Space Exploration

  • Sputnik II

    Sputnik II
    The Soviet Union launches its second rocket, Sputnik II, with the dog Laika onboard. Laika is the first animal in space.
  • Explorer 1

    Explorer 1
    The Explorer 1 is launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida, United States. This is the United States first space exploration.
  • NASA

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is formed.
  • Yuri Gagarin

    Yuri Gagarin
    Yuri Gagarin travells to space and returns safely. He is the first human to go to space and back without any harm.
  • Freedom 7

    Freedom 7
    Alan Shepered becomes the first American man in space by flying the Freedom 7 into space for 15 minuets and 28 seconds
  • Moon Exploration Announcement

    Moon Exploration Announcement
    United States president John F. Kennedy announces that the United States is planning to send atrounauts to the Moon before the end of the decade.
  • Friendship 7

    Friendship 7
    John Glenn flys the Friendship 7 into orbit. He is the first American to go into orbit.
  • Gemini 5

    Gemini 5
    The Gemini 5 launches into space with Gorden Copper and Charles Conrad on board. The Gemini 5 is planned to travel on an eight day mission.
  • AS-204 (Apollo 1)

    AS-204 (Apollo 1)
    The AS-204 (Apollo 1) goes up in flames killing 3 astrounauts.
  • Man on the Moon

    Man on the Moon
    Astronauts Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Neil Armstrong become the first men to walk on the moon.
  • Apollo 11

    Apollo 11
    The Apollo 11 is launched into space.
  • Pioneer 10

    Pioneer 10
    The Pioneer 10 is the first probe to go to an outer planet and go throught the asteriod belt.
  • Viking 1

    Viking 1
    The Viking 1 is the first probe to land on Mars.
  • Voyager 2

    Voyager 2
    The Voyager 2 is launched to explore Jupiter and Saturn.
  • Mir Space Station

    Mir Space Station
    The Mir Space Station is launched.
  • Mars Pathfinder

    Mars Pathfinder
    The Mars Pathfinder is launched to study the Marchian planet.
  • International Space Station

    International Space Station
    First piece of the International Space Station is launched.
  • Expidition 1

    Expidition 1
    The Expedition One's crew become the first people to dock on the ISS
  • Phoenix

    The Phoenix launches planned to explore the poles of Mars