Russians launch the first artificial satellite, Sputnick 1.
First Creature In Space!
Laika the dog becomes the first creature to enter space on the Sputnick 2, but dies a week after launch.
First US Satellite launched!
The Explorer 1, the first US Satellite is launched into orbit.
Luna 3 Send Moon Pictures!
The Russian Probe, Luna 3 sends the first picture of the far side of the moon.
Chimpanzee in Space!
NASA launches the chimpanzee, Ham, into space on a Mercury rocket.
First Person In Space!
The Russian man, Yuri Gagarin, becomes the first person in space on a 108 minute flight on Vostik 1.
First American in Space!
Alan Shepard becomes the first American man to enter space.
First astronaut to orbit Earth!
An American man John Glenn becomes the first man to orbit the Earth on the Friendship 7.
Surface of Venus gets scanned!
The surface of Venus is scanned by NASA's Mariner 2
First Woman in Space!
The soviet cosmonaut, Valentina Tereshkova, becomes the first woman in space, aboard Vostok 6.
First Space Walk!
The soviet cosmonaut, Alexey Leonov, made the first space walk.
Mariner 4 flies by Mars!
The spacecraft Marina 4 flies past Mars.
First Moon Landing!
Luna 9 performed the first ever moon landing in history.
3 Astronauts die on launch pad!
3 US astronauts are killed by a fire on the launch pad of the Apollo 1 spacecraft.
First Death In Space!
The soviet cosmonaut, Vladimir Komorov becomes the first person to die in space.
Venera 4 lands on Venus!
The soviet spacecraft, Venera 4 lands on Venus.
First crewed spacecraft to orbit the moon!
The Apollo 8 becomes the first crewed spacecraft to orbit the moon.
First man to walk on the moon!
"This is one small step for man, but one giant leap for mankind!"
- Neil Armstrong
Neil Armstrong becomes the first peron ever to step foot on the moon.
First vehicle to drive on moon!
The Russian's drive the first Rover on the moon.
First space station launched!
The Soviet's launch the first ever space station, the Salyut 1.
First probe to fly past Jupiter!
The Pioneer 10 becomes the first space probe to fly by Jupiter.
First probe to fly past Mercury!
The Mariner 10 becomes the first space probe to fly by Mercury.
First Docking US/Soviet Spacecrafts!
Apollo and Soyuz spacecrafts become the first US and Soviet spacecrafts to be docked.
First Successful Mars Landing!
The Viking 1 becomes the first probe to successfully land on Mars.
First Saturn Flyby!
The Pioneer 11 becomes the first probe to fly by Saturn!
First space shuttle launch!
The Columbia becomes the first space shuttle to be launched into space.
First Uranus Flyby!
The Voyager 2 becomes the first probe to fly by Uranus.
Space shuttle explodes during launch!
The Space shuttle Challenger explodes during launch and kills all 7 crew members.
Launch of Russian Space Station!
The Russian Space Station Mir is launched.
First Halley's Comet flyby!
The European space probe Giotto makes the first flyby of Halley's Comet.
International Space Station Launched!
The first part of the International Space Station is launched!
First Neptune Flyby!
The Voyager 2 probe makes the first flyby of neptune.
Hubble Space Telescope is launched!
The Space Shuttle Discovery launches the Hubble Space Telescope.
Mars Climate Orbiter Disappears!
The Mars Climate Orbiter disappears after orbiting Mars.
Mars Polar Lander Disappears!
The Mars Polar Lander disappears, further embarrassing NASA.
Mir Space Station Crashes!
The Mir Space Station is abandoned and crashes off the coast of Australia into the Pacific Ocean.
First Tourist in Space!
Dennis tito becomes the first tourist in space.
Space shuttle columbia explodes!
The space shuttle Columbi explodes on re-entry, killing all seven astronauts.
Rover Missions land on Mars!
The twin Mars exploration rover missions Spirit and opportunity land on Mars.
Planet discovered in Habitable Zone!
NASA's Kepler Space Telescope discovered the planet, Kepler-186f which is within the habitible zone of a star like our sun, meaning liquid can pool on its surface and it is possible that it could support life.
Kjell Lindgren and Kimiya Yui sampled red romaine lettuce which was grown onboard the International Space Station.
Universe is dying!
A recent study of 200 000 galaxies has shown that star formation is slowing and the universe is dying.