space race timeline

Timeline created by caspiang
  • Fruit Flies

    Fruit Flies
    The first animals sent into space were fruit flies aboard a U.S.-launched V-2 rocket
  • Sputnik I.

    Sputnik I.
    the Soviet Union launched the earth's first artificial satellite,
  • First animal in space by USSR

    First animal in space by USSR
    The first animal to make an orbital spaceflight around the Earth was the dog Laika, aboard the Soviet spacecraft Sputnik 2
  • Explorer 1

    Explorer 1
    The United States' first satellite, Explorer 1, is launched into orbit by a Jupiter C rocket
  • Creation of NASA

    Creation of NASA
    NASA was created solely due to Americans being surprised and it sparked fears that the Soviets might also be capable of sending missiles with nuclear weapons from Europe to America. The Founder of NASA is Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • JFK's speech and commitment to getting to the moon

    JFK's speech and commitment to getting to the moon
    In this speech, President Kennedy reaffirms the commitment he made to Congress in May of 1961 to send a man to the Moon.
  • cosmonaut Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin

    cosmonaut Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin
    First man in space, aboard the spacecraft Vostok 1
  • First man to orbit Earth

    First man to orbit Earth
    Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin becomes the first human being to travel into space. During the flight, the 27-year-old test pilot and industrial technician also became the first man to orbit the planet, a feat accomplished by his space capsule in 89 minutes.
  • Crewed orbital flight.

    Crewed orbital flight.
    Human spaceflight is a spaceflight with a crew or passengers aboard a spacecraft, the spacecraft being operated directly by the onboard human crew.
  • First man in space by the US

    First man in space by the US
    Shepard rocketed into space inside his Freedom 7 capsule.
  • John Glenn

    John Glenn
    The first man to orbit Earth
  • Alexei Leonov

    Alexei Leonov
    Launched on Voskhod 2, the world's 17th human spaceflight, on March 18, 1965, Leonov made history as the first person to exit his spacecraft for extravehicular activity (EVA).
  • Extravehicular activity

    Extravehicular activity
    Extravehicular activity is any activity done by an astronaut or cosmonaut outside a spacecraft beyond the Earth's appreciable atmosphere.
  • Ed White

    Ed White
    During the Gemini 4 mission on June 3, 1965, Ed White became the first American to conduct a spacewalk.
  • Rendezvous and docking.

    Rendezvous and docking.
    December 15, 1965
    Fifty years ago, on December 15, 1965, Gemini VI and VII met for the first rendezvous in space. This was not NASA's original plan.
  • Any tragedies that led up to getting to the moon

    Any tragedies that led up to getting to the moon
    three astronauts during the program, three astronauts died in air crashes during training, including both members of the prime crew for Gemini 9.
  • Apollo 7

    Apollo 7
    Apollo 7 was the first manned test of the Command and Service Module. The crew orbited the Earth 163 times and spent 10 days and 20 hours in space.
  • Apollo 8

    Apollo 8
    Apollo 8 was the first crewed spacecraft to successfully orbit the Moon and return to Earth. The Apollo 8 crew were also the first to witness and photograph an Earthrise
  • apollo 9

    apollo 9
    Apollo 9 was the second launch of a Saturn V rocket and the last splashdown landing to happen in the Atlantic Ocean. The crew made two telecasts to Earth, showing interior views of the lunar module. Russell Schweickart tested the new Apollo spacesuit, the first to be equipped with its own life support system
  • apollo 10

    apollo 10
    Apollo 10 was on the back side of the moon when it was injected into a trans-Earth trajectory. After a midcourse correction, and command and service module separation, Apollo 10 re-entered Earth's atmosphere May 26. The module splashed down 165 degrees west, and 5 degrees, 8 minutes south in the Pacific Ocean.
  • Apollo 11

    Apollo 11
    Apollo 11 was the first manned mission to land on the Moon. The first steps by humans on another planetary body were taken by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on July 20, 1969. The astronauts also returned to Earth the first samples from another planetary body.