Space race 3a

Space Race

  • Spunik 1

    Spunik 1
    USSR launches Sputnik 1.
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  • Explorer 1

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

    Luna 1
    Launched by the USSR. It is the first man made object to orbit the Sun.
  • Discover XIV

    Discover XIV
    US launches Discover XIV, fist camera equiped spy satellite.
  • Yuri Gagarin

    Yuri Gagarin
    Yuri Gagarin orbits the Earth once and becomes the first man in space.
  • Gemini Program

    Gemini Program
    NASA announces the Gemini Program.
  • Walter Schirra

    Walter Schirra
    Walter Schirra orbits the Earth six times.
  • Cosmonaut Valentia Tereshkova

    Cosmonaut Valentia Tereshkova
    Cosmonaut Valentia Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space.
  • Ranger 7

    Ranger 7
    Ranger 7 transmits the first close range images of the moon.
  • Alexei Leonov

    Alexei Leonov
    Alexei Leonov spends 12 minutes outside of his Voskhod spacecraft performing the first space walk.
  • Luna 9

    Luna 9
    Luna 9 becomes the first spacecraft to soft-land on the Moon.
  • Gemini 12

    Gemini 12
    The last flight of the Gemini program.
  • Venera 4

    Venera 4
    Venera 4 transmits data about the atmosphere of Venus.
  • Earth to moon

    Earth to moon
    Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders begin the first manned journey from the Earth to the Moon.
  • Apollo 17

    Apollo 17
    Eleventh and final manned mission in the American Apollo program.