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Space Race (Aerospace)

  • Sputnik (USSR)

    Sputnik (USSR)
    USSR launches first satellite into space.
  • Sputnik 2 (USSR)

    Sputnik 2 (USSR)
    Sputnik 2 is launched by the USSR carrying a dog named Laika into space.
  • Explorer 1 (USA)

    Explorer 1 (USA)
    America's first satellite to reach orbit was the Explorer 1. It led to the discovery of the radiation belt by Van Allen.
  • Vanguard 1 (USA)

    Vanguard 1 (USA)
    America created the Vanguard 1 satellite which was launched on this date. The satellite functioned until 1961.
  • NASA (USA)

    NASA (USA)
    NASA is formed which is the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. This replaced the old version called the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautic (NACA).
  • Pioneer 1 (USA)

    Pioneer 1 (USA)
    Pionner 1 is launched from Earth reaching a height of 70,700 miles in the air.
  • Luna 1 (USSR)

    Luna 1 (USSR)
    The Luna 1 is launched by the USSR. This is the first ever man made object to orbit around the sun.
  • Luna 2 (USSR)

    Luna 2 (USSR)
    The Luna 2 is launched by the USSR. One day after launch is impacts the Moon, becoming the first manmade object to be on the moon.
  • Luna 3 (USSR)

    Luna 3 (USSR)
    The Luna 3 orbits the Moon and as it is orbiting it takes pictures of 70% of the surface of the moon.
  • Tiros 1 (USA)

    Tiros 1 (USA)
    The United States have a successful launch of Tiros 1, the first weather satellite.
  • Discoverer XIV (USA)

    Discoverer XIV (USA)
    The United States Discoverer XIV satellite is launched. This is the first spy satellite with a camera.
  • JFK (USA)

    JFK (USA)
    The 35th President of the United States is elected. His name is John F. Kennedy.
  • First Man in Space (USSR)

    First Man in Space (USSR)
    A man from the USSR by the name of Yuri Gagarin becomes the first man to be in space.
  • First American in Space (USA)

    First American in Space (USA)
    Alan B. Shepard follows Yuri Gagarin by being the first American ever in space.
  • Moon Challenge by JFK (USA)

    Moon Challenge by JFK (USA)
    The president of the time, JFK, addresses Congress and challenges the whole US to go to the moon before the end of the decade.
  • Space Day (USSR)

    Space Day (USSR)
    A man from the USSR named Gherman Titov spent a whole day in space on a craft named the Vostok 2.
  • Gemini Program (USA)

    Gemini Program (USA)
    The Gemini Program is announced by NASA. The Gemini Prgram is that helps prepare astronauts for space.
  • 3 time's the charm (USA)

    3 time's the charm (USA)
    John Glenn Orbits the Earth 3 times being the only one to do so at the time.
  • Importance of Moon (USA)

    Importance of Moon (USA)
    JFK gives a speech at Rice University stating that the Moon program is very importance.
  • 6 times (USA)

    6 times (USA)
    Walter Schirra orbits the Earth 6 times for the United States.
  • First Woman (USSR)

    First Woman (USSR)
    The first woman ever in space was Valentina Tereshkova from the USSR.
  • Assassination (USA)

    Assassination (USA)
    John F. Kennedy is assassinated while in Texas riding in his limo. (Was killed at grassy knoll which is the name of the street I live on)
  • Ranger 7 (USA)

    Ranger 7 (USA)
    The Ranger 7 sends the first close range pictures of the Moon back to Earth,
  • Spacewalk (USSR)

    Spacewalk (USSR)
    Alexei Leonov is the first person to perform a spacewalk. He spends a total of 12 minutes outside his craft.
  • Gemini Spacewalk (USA)

    Gemini Spacewalk (USA)
    Jim McDivitt stays in the Gemini capsule as Ed White performs the United States first spacewalk. (Picture is Ed White)
  • Luna 9 (USSR)

    Luna 9 (USSR)
    The USSR's Luna 9 becomes the first spacecraft to soft-land on the Moon.
  • Lunar Orbiter 1 (USA)

    Lunar Orbiter 1 (USA)
    The United State's Lunar Orbiter 1 takes the first picture of earth from a distance.
  • Appollo 11 (USA)

    Appollo 11 (USA)
    This was the first time any humans had been on the moon. Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin land on the moon on July 20, 1969. Armstrong becomes the first man to step foot on the moon on July 21.
  • Lunokhod 1 (USSR)

    Lunokhod 1 (USSR)
    This was the first remote-controlled mobile vehicle on the moon.
  • ASTP (USA) Soyuz 19 (USSR)

    ASTP (USA) Soyuz 19 (USSR)
    This was the joining of the US and USSR space forces. It was a symbol of the goal both countries were going after.