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Space Race

  • Sputnik 1

    First successful artificial satellite placed into Earth-orbit
  • Explorer 1

    Explorer 1's flight data confirmed the existence of an Earth-encompassing radiation belt.
  • NASA Formed

  • First Man In Space

    Russians successfully put a Yuri Gagarin into orbit and back to Earth safely. He completed one orbit of earth and his flight lasted 108 minuites
  • First American into space

    A modified Redstone rocket with a 2.9 metre tall "Mercury" capsule sent Alan B. Shepard Jr into space for 15 minutes.
  • First Spacewalk

    Russians astronaut ventures into space and perfoms repairs on exterior of his ship
  • First American Spacewalk

    Edward H. White the 2nd became the first American to "walk" in space. He was connected to his craft via an 8 metre cord and controlled his movements with a hand held rocket gun filled with gas.
  • First Men on the Moon

    Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin & Michael Collins effectively ended the space race by landing on the Moon.
  • Apollo 17

    Apollo 17 Returns from the moon