Space exploration timeline

  • Sputnick 1

    Sputnick 1
    Russians launch the first artificial satellite, Sputnick 1.
  • First Creature In Space!

    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!

    First US Satellite launched!
    The Explorer 1, the first US Satellite is launched into orbit.
  • Luna 3 Send Moon Pictures!

    Luna 3 Send Moon Pictures!
    The Russian Probe, Luna 3 sends the first picture of the far side of the moon.
  • Chimpanzee in Space!

    Chimpanzee in Space!
    NASA launches the chimpanzee, Ham, into space on a Mercury rocket.
  • First Person In Space!

    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!

    First American in Space!
    Alan Shepard becomes the first American man to enter space.
  • First astronaut to orbit Earth!

    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!

    Surface of Venus gets scanned!
    The surface of Venus is scanned by NASA's Mariner 2
  • First Woman in Space!

    First Woman in Space!
    The soviet cosmonaut, Valentina Tereshkova, becomes the first woman in space, aboard Vostok 6.
  • First Space Walk!

    First Space Walk!
    The soviet cosmonaut, Alexey Leonov, made the first space walk.
  • Mariner 4 flies by Mars!

    Mariner 4 flies by Mars!
    The spacecraft Marina 4 flies past Mars.
  • First Moon Landing!

    First Moon Landing!
    Luna 9 performed the first ever moon landing in history.
  • 3 Astronauts die on launch pad!

    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!

    First Death In Space!
    The soviet cosmonaut, Vladimir Komorov becomes the first person to die in space.
  • Venera 4 lands on Venus!

    Venera 4 lands on Venus!
    The soviet spacecraft, Venera 4 lands on Venus.
  • First crewed spacecraft to orbit the moon!

    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!

    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!

    First vehicle to drive on moon!
    The Russian's drive the first Rover on the moon.
  • First space station launched!

    First space station launched!
    The Soviet's launch the first ever space station, the Salyut 1.
  • First probe to fly past Jupiter!

    First probe to fly past Jupiter!
    The Pioneer 10 becomes the first space probe to fly by Jupiter.
  • First probe to fly past Mercury!

    First probe to fly past Mercury!
    The Mariner 10 becomes the first space probe to fly by Mercury.
  • First Docking US/Soviet Spacecrafts!

    First Docking US/Soviet Spacecrafts!
    Apollo and Soyuz spacecrafts become the first US and Soviet spacecrafts to be docked.
  • First Successful Mars Landing!

    First Successful Mars Landing!
    The Viking 1 becomes the first probe to successfully land on Mars.
  • First Saturn Flyby!

    First Saturn Flyby!
    The Pioneer 11 becomes the first probe to fly by Saturn!
  • First space shuttle launch!

    First space shuttle launch!
    The Columbia becomes the first space shuttle to be launched into space.
  • First Uranus Flyby!

    First Uranus Flyby!
    The Voyager 2 becomes the first probe to fly by Uranus.
  • Space shuttle explodes during launch!

    Space shuttle explodes during launch!
    The Space shuttle Challenger explodes during launch and kills all 7 crew members.
  • Launch of Russian Space Station!

    Launch of Russian Space Station!
    The Russian Space Station Mir is launched.
  • First Halley's Comet flyby!

    First Halley's Comet flyby!
    The European space probe Giotto makes the first flyby of Halley's Comet.
  • International Space Station Launched!

    International Space Station Launched!
    The first part of the International Space Station is launched!
  • First Neptune Flyby!

    First Neptune Flyby!
    The Voyager 2 probe makes the first flyby of neptune.
  • Hubble Space Telescope is launched!

    Hubble Space Telescope is launched!
    The Space Shuttle Discovery launches the Hubble Space Telescope.
  • Mars Climate Orbiter Disappears!

    Mars Climate Orbiter Disappears!
    The Mars Climate Orbiter disappears after orbiting Mars.
  • Mars Polar Lander Disappears!

    Mars Polar Lander Disappears!
    The Mars Polar Lander disappears, further embarrassing NASA.
  • Mir Space Station Crashes!

    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!

    First Tourist in Space!
    Dennis tito becomes the first tourist in space.
  • Space shuttle columbia explodes!

    Space shuttle columbia explodes!
    The space shuttle Columbi explodes on re-entry, killing all seven astronauts.
  • Rover Missions land on Mars!

    Rover Missions land on Mars!
    The twin Mars exploration rover missions Spirit and opportunity land on Mars.
  • Planet discovered in Habitable Zone!

    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.
  • Space Salad!

    Space Salad!
    Kjell Lindgren and Kimiya Yui sampled red romaine lettuce which was grown onboard the International Space Station.
  • Universe is dying!

    Universe is dying!
    A recent study of 200 000 galaxies has shown that star formation is slowing and the universe is dying.