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Space Race

  • Launching of Spuknik

    Launching of Spuknik
    USSR launched Spuknik 1 and was the first artificial satellite to be put into Earth's orbit.
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    Space Racce

  • Explorer I is Launched

    Explorer I is Launched
    Explorer I was the first American satellite to reach orbit. It carried scientific equipment that evenutally lead to the discovery of the Van Allen radiation belt.
  • NASA is formed

    NASA is formed
    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA is established. It replaced the National Advisory Comittee Aeronautics, or NACA.
  • Discoverer XIV

    Discoverer XIV
    The U.S. launches its first camera equiped by satellite, Discoverer XIV
  • First man in Space

    First man in Space
    Yuri Gagarin orbits the Earth once and becomes the first man in the world to go into space.
  • First American in Space

    First American in Space
    Alan B. Shepard becomes the first American in space.
  • Orbit around the Earth

    Orbit around the Earth
    Walter Schirra orbits the Earth six times.
  • First Spacewalk

    First Spacewalk
    Alexei Lenov spends 12 mintues outside of his Voskhod spacecraft performing the first spacewalk.
  • Soviet Union lanuches Venus 3

    Soviet Union lanuches Venus 3
    Venus 3 becomes the first man made object to impact with Venus on March 1, 1966
  • First Satellite

    First Satellite
    Luna 10 becomes the first satellite to orbit the moon.
  • Apollo 1 Tragedy

    Apollo 1 Tragedy
    Gus Grissuom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee were killed in a fire when the capsule failed to open during a test. A wire sparked and the pure oxygen exploded. The fire elted their suits and they died in 17 seconds.
  • Cosmonaut dies

    Cosmonaut dies
    Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov is killed when the parachutes of his Soyuz 1 capsule didn't open right follwoing re-entry.
  • First man to walk on the moon

    First man to walk on the moon
    Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon, while their crewmate Michael Collins orbits around the moon by himself.
  • First Precision Lunar landing

    First Precision Lunar landing
    Pete Conrad and Alan Bean perform the frist precision lunar landing. They touched down just about 600 ft from Surveyor 3 probe that arrived two years earlier.
  • Apollo 17's return from the Moon

    Apollo 17's return from the Moon
    The eleventh and final manned mission in the Apollo Space Program.