Space Race

  • The launch of Sputnik 1

    The launch of Sputnik 1
    The launch of Sputnik marks the begining of the space race, which was between the United States and the soviet union. Sputnik was the first artificial Earth Satellite to orbit the earth.
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  • Sputnik 2

    Sputnik 2
    Lauched 4 weeks after Sputnik 1 was another Soviet union space craft. But this time they send the first animal to space and also the first animal to died while in orbit. Her name was Laika and she was found in the streets of moscow. they choose to use the Moscow strays since they assumed that she had already learned to endure extreme cold and hunger conditions.
  • Explorer 1

    Explorer 1
    It was the first american satellite to reach orbit. It made one orbit every 114.8 minutes, or a total of 12.54 orbits per day. The satellite itself was 80 inches long and 6.25 inches in diameter. Explorer 1 made its final transmission on May 23, 1958. It entered Earth's atmosphere and burned up on March 31, 1970, after more than 58,000 orbits.
  • Luna 1

    Luna 1
    Luna 1 was the first spacecraft to reach the Moon, and the first of a series of Soviet automatic interplanetary stations successfully launched in the direction of the Moon. The spacecraft was sphere-shaped.
  • Tiros 1

    Tiros 1
    the first successful weather satellite, With each succeeding generation of satellites, remote sensing instruments became increasingly sophisticated and finer spectral and resolution imager.The Tiros carried special television cameras that viewed Earth's cloud cover from a 450 mile orbit.
  • Discoverer XIV

    Discoverer XIV
    The first spy equipped satellite. The Discoverer XIV is the first satellite to be ejected from an orbiting space vehicle and to be recovered in midair. Discoverer XIV was launched into a polar north to south
  • First man in space

    First man in space
    Yuri Gagarin was the first man in space. Which beat the american Alan B. Shepard. He completed one circular orbit, at a maximum altitude of 203 miles, before slowing down to the point that the capsule was pulled back into the atmosphere for ballistic re-entry
  • Alan B. Shepard

    Alan B. Shepard
    He became the second person, and the first American, in space. Ten years later, he commanded the Apollo 14 mission, and became the fifth person to walk on the Moon.
  • L. Gordon Cooper

    L. Gordon Cooper
    He was the first American to sleep in orbit, flew the longest spaceflight of the Mercury project. He is the last American to fly in space alone conduct an entire solo orbital mission.
  • Cosmonaut Valentia Tereshkova

    Cosmonaut Valentia Tereshkova
    She was the first women in space. Out of more than four hundred applicants and then out of five finalists, she was selected to pilot Vostok 6 and became the first woman to fly in space.
  • Alexei Leonov

    Alexei Leonov
    he was soppuse to preform his space walk in the Vostok 11 mission, but this was cancelled, and the historic event happened on the Voskhod 2 flight instead. He was outside the spacecraft for 12 minutes and nine seconds.
  • Ed White

    Ed White
    performs America's first spacewalk. was pilot for Gemini 4, which was a 66-revolution. He was outside Gemini 4 for 21 minutes, and became the first man to control himself in space during EVA with a maneuvering unit.
  • Apollo 1

    Apollo 1
    One of the worst tragedies in the history of spaceflight occurred when the crew of Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee were killed in a fire in the Apollo Command Module during a preflight test at Cape Canaveral. They were training for the first crewed Apollo flight.
  • First man on the moon

    First man on the moon
    Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin become the first men to walk on the Moon while crewmate Michael Collins orbits around the Moon alone.
  • apollo 17 returns from the moon

    marks the end of the space race