Space Race

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  • Sputnik I

    Sputnik I
    was the first artificial satellite to be put into Earth's orbit by the USSR. Put them ahead in the space race.
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  • Explorer I

    Explorer I
    The 1st American satellite to reach orbit, was launched. It carried scientific equipment that lead to the discovery of the Van Allen radiation belt.
  • Luna I

    Luna I
    Luna 1 was launched by the USSR. It is the first man made object to orbit the Sun.
  • first man in space

    first man in space
    Yuri Gagarin orbits the Earth once and becomes the first man in space. Was a hero of the Soviets and advanced them forward past the U.S.
  • 1st American in space

    1st American in space
    Alan B. Shepard becomes the second person and first American in space.
  • Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova

    Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova
    Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space.
  • first spacewalk

    first spacewalk
    Alexei Leonov spends 12 minutes outside of his Voskhod spacecraft performing the first spacewalk.
  • Lunar 10

    Lunar 10
    Becomes the first satellite to orbit the Moon.
  • Lunar Orbiter I

    Lunar Orbiter I
    Enters orbit around the Moon and takes the first picture of the Earth from that distance.
  • Gemini 12

    Gemini 12
    The last flight of the Gemini Program, launches with James Lovell and Buzz Aldrin aboard.
  • Soyuz I

    Soyuz I
    Soyuz 1 was manned by Vladimir Komarov. It was the first of the Soyuz series. On its return back to Earth, technical problems caused a crash and the death of Vladimir.
  • Apollo 8

    Apollo 8
    Apollo 8 was the first manned spacecraft to orbit the moon. It was a three man crew containing Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders. The mission took three days and took 10 orbits in 20 hours.
  • Apollo 10

    Apollo 10
    Was launched, and was the fourth manned mission in the American Apollo space program. Apollo 10 set the record for the highest speed attained by a manned vehicle at 39,897 km/h.
  • Apollo 11

    Apollo 11
    Apollo 11 was the first flight that took men to the moon and was accomplished by the United States. The U.S. had beat the Soviets to the moon
  • Apollo 17's return

    Apollo 17's return
    was the eleventh and final manned mission in the American Apollo space program.