Space Race timeline By history4b Oct 4, 1957 Lauching of sputnik 1 Launched the first human-made object to orbit the Earth. Nov 3, 1957 USSR launches Sputnik 2 USSR launches Sputnik 2 which held a small dog named Laika into space and orbit. They knew there was no possible way of bringing him back and the dog did die in space. Mar 17, 1958 The Vanguard 1 satellite is launched It continued to function for 3 years after. Jan 2, 1959 Luna 1 is launched by the USSR It was the first man made object to orbit. Aug 18, 1960 The US launches Discoverer XIV It was the first launched camera equipped spy satellite in space, Apr 12, 1961 Yuri Gagarin Yuri Gagarin orbits the Earth once and becomes the first man in space. May 5, 1961 Alan B. Shepard Alan B. Shepard becomes the first American in space. This for americans was a long awaited achievment. May 9, 1962 Walter Schirra Walter Schirra orbits the Earth six times. This double John Glenns orbits around the moon just a couple months earlier. Jul 31, 1964 First close range picture of the moon U.S. Ranger 7 showed the first close up photo of the moon. Jun 3, 1965 Edward White First U.S. Space walk from Gemini 4. lasting 22 minutes. Nov 16, 1965 Venus 3 is launched. It was the first man made object to impact Venus on March 1, 1966. Nov 16, 1965 Soviet Soyuz 1 First space craft with somebody to die. Jul 20, 1969 Apollo 11 They did achieve the first human on the moon. Nov 9, 1972 Anik A1 Geostationary communications satellite. Canada was the accomplished country. Dec 19, 1972 Appollo 17's return from the moon Apollo 17 was the last Apollo mission to land men on the Moon. It carried the only trained geologist to walk on the lunar surface, lunar module pilot Harrison Schmitt.