Space Race Timeline

  • Launching of Sputnik I

    Launching of Sputnik I
    The world's first artificial satellite, and only took about 98 minutes to orbit the Earth on its elliptical path. (American)
  • Sputnik 3 was launched

    Sputnik 3 was launched
    Sputnik 3 was launched by the Soviet Union. It was a research satellite to explore the upper atmosphere and the near space. (USSR)
  • Nasa

    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is formed; it replaces the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics (NACA) from the U.S.A. (American)
  • Luna 2

    Luna 2
    Russian was sending a probe to the moon which was called Luna 2.
  • Luna 3

    Luna 3
    Luna 3 took a photo of the farside of the moon,
  • Yuri Gagarin

    Yuri Gagarin
    Yuri Gagarin is the 1st man to orbit the Earth and the 1st man to be in space from the Soviet Union. (USSR)
  • USA and At&t

    USA and At&t
    First active communications satellite that was sent by At&t and the United States. (American)
  • First Lady in Orbit

    First Lady in Orbit
    Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first Woman in space (USSR)
  • Alexei Leonov

    Alexei Leonov
    Alexei Leonov is in space for 12 minutes outside his Voskhod spacecraft performing the 1st spacewalk from the Soviet Union. (USSR)
  • Luna 9

    Luna 9
    Luna 9 becomes the first spacecraft to soft-land on the Moon. (USSR)
  • Venera 3

    Venera 3
    Russia sends out a Probe that lands on another planet Venus. (USSR)
  • Manned Lunar orbit

    Manned Lunar orbit
    USA-Nasa went along with Apollo 8 and did the man lunar orbit. in December.
  • 1st person on the moon

    1st person on the moon
    Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin become the first men to walk on the moon from the U.S.A. (American)
  • Apollo 13

    Apollo 13
    The launching of Apollo 13; suffered an explosion, however, the crew safely come home after aborting the mission to the moon from the U.S.A. (American)
  • Apollo 17's return from the moon.

    Apollo 17's return from the moon.
    Apollo 17 marked the last moonwalk and the last manned mission beyond low Earth orbit. The program spurred advances in many areas of technology incidental to rocketry and manned spaceflight, including avionics, telecommunications, and computers. (American)