Space Race By Carlygrace Oct 4, 1957 Sputnik First satellite sent into space. Nov 4, 1957 Sputnik 2 A larger version of Sputnik was sent into space carrying a dog, only a month after the first Sputnik was sent into space. Jan 31, 1958 Explorer 1 The US finally sent their first satellite into space. Oct 4, 1959 Luna 3 Luna 3 was the first sucessful spacecraft that was sent into space to circle the moon, and sent images to Earth. Jan 31, 1961 Ham the Monkey Ham, the monkey was sent into space. Mar 23, 1961 Ivan Ivanovich The Soviet Union sent a mannequin named Ivan Ivanovich into space to test the spacecraft and pressure suit. Apr 12, 1961 Yuri Gaagarin Yuri was the first person sent into space. Feb 20, 1962 John Glenn John Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth. Jun 6, 1963 Valentina Tereshkova Russia is the first to send a women into space. Oct 12, 1964 Voskhod 1 V. M. Komarov, K. P. Feoktistov and B. B. Yegorov were the first people sent as a group into space. Mar 18, 1965 Voshkod 2 Pavel Belyayev and Alexei Leonov become the first two to spacewalk. Jun 3, 1965 Gemini 4 American Edward White the 3rd becomes the first to spacewalk. Dec 4, 1965 Gemini 7 Frank Borman and Jim Lovell set a record, at the time, for the longest time in space. They were in space for a total of 14 days. Mar 31, 1966 Luna 10 USSR launches the probe to achieve lunar orbit, the 1st object to do that. Sep 14, 1968 Zond 5 USSR sends Zond 5 to go around the moon and back to Earth. Oct 12, 1968 Apollo 7 After redesigning the Apollo series enters Earth's orbit test the spacecraft. Dec 21, 1968 Apollo 8 This will be the America's first manned orbit around the moon. Jul 20, 1969 Apollo 11 America finally reaches the moon, and Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldren are the first and only men to walk on the moon.