The search for a small bushy-tailed monkey fired into space in a Jupiter rocket has been stopped after being too long.
John Glenn orbits the Earth!
The first US manned orbital flight at an orbit 100-162 miles from the Earth.-
Gemini V returns to Earth!
Two American astronauts have come down safely in the Atlantic after setting a space endurance record.
Charles Conrad, 35, and Gordon Cooper, 38, spent just eight days orbiting the earth in their space ship Gemini V.
Apollo 10 gets bird's eye view of Moon!
Two US astronauts aboard Apollo 10 arrived back to safety of their mother ship after their lunar module came to within eight nautical miles of the Moon's surface.
Apollo 11 takes off for the Moon!
The Apollo 11 space rocket took off successfully from Cape Kennedy, Florida, at the start of the first attempt to land a man on the Moon.
Americans end outer space marathon
Dr Edward Gibson, Lieutenant Colonel Gerald Carr and Lieutenant Colonel William Pogue proved mankind can live in space for a long period.
They spent 85 days in the American space station, Skylab, which orbits the Earth at 270 miles high.
First human to enter space!
Russian consultant Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space, making a 108 minute orbital flight in his Vostok 1 spacecraft.
Shuttle blasts US back into space!
The space shuttle blasted off from Cape Canaveral after a 90-minute delay due to unsuitable weather conditions.
Half a million people in the streets around the Kennedy Space Center watched the take-off.
Oldest astronaut back on Earth
American John Glenn, the world's oldest astronaut, landed back on Earth after a nine-day mission in space.
China sends first man into space!
China's first astronout to go up into space, became a hero overnight.
Mars space probe disappears!
Scientists failed to make contact with the British-built Mars probe, Beagle 2, which should have landed on the planet that day.