The National Aeronautics
and Space Administration began operation.
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The United States sent Pioneer 4 to the Moon, successfully making the first U.S. lunar flyby.
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John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth, making three orbits in his Friendship 7 Mercury spacecraft.
Following two robotic test flights, the first operational mission – Gemini III – of Project Gemini took place. The mission was commanded by former Mercury astronaut, Gus Grissom.
Pioneer 10 was launched to Jupiter from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
first flight of the space transportation
Astronauts John W. Young and Robert L. Crippen flew Space Shuttle Columbia on the first flight of the Space Transportation System.
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The Space Shuttle
Atlantis docked to the Mir Space Station. The STS – 71 mission by Atlantis
was the first of nine Shuttle-Mir link ups between 1995 and 1998, including rendezvous, docking, and crew transfers.
space shuttle discovery
The Space Shuttle Discovery (STS – 114) launched successfully into orbit, marking NASA’s first return to human spaceflight after the Columbia tragedy.