Space Race Tiimeline

  • Launching of Sputnik

    Launching of Sputnik
    Soviet Union succesfully launched Sputnik I. The world's first artificial satellite was about the size of a beach ball.
  • Sputnik 2

    Sputnik 2
    USSR launched Sputnik 2, with a small dog named Laika, into orbit. They couldn't get her back and Laika died.
  • Explorer 1

    Explorer 1
    First American satellite to reach orbit. It carried scientific equipment that lead to the discovery of the Van Allen radiation belt.
  • Explorer 2

    Explorer 2
    Explorer 2 was launched but failed to reach orbit.
  • Vanguard 1

    Vanguard 1
    Fourth artificial satellite to be sent into space. First to be solar powered. Lost connection with it in 1964 and still in orbit.
  • Luna 1

    Luna 1
    USSR succesfully launched Luna 1. First man-made object to escape Earth's gravitational pull.
  • Probe to Moon.

    Probe to Moon.
    Was the first succesful man made space craft to land on the moon. It was unmanned.
  • Human in orbit.

    Human in orbit.
    Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin was the first human to go into outer space and orbit. He traveled on the Vostok spacecraft.
  • First active communications satellite.

    First active communications satellite.
    Communication Satellites provide a microwave radio delay technology complementary to that of submarine communication cables.
  • First woman in space.

    First woman in space.
    Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova was the first woman to orbit outer space. She was the pilot of Vostok 6.
  • Manned Lunar orbit.

    Manned Lunar orbit.
    The second manned mission, but the first to escape Earth's gravatational pull.
  • Human to moon.

    Human to moon.
    Neil Armstrong was the first human to set foot on the moon. He was the command pilot, becoming one of the first human civilians to fly in space.
  • Space Station

    Space Station
    Designed to remain in space for a long period of time. Has the ability for other space crafts to dock it.
  • Apollo 17's return from the moon

    Apollo 17's return from the moon
    Marked the end of the space race.