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Space Travel History

  • Sputnik 1

    Sputnik 1
    The Soviet satellite “Sputnik 1” is the first object sent into space and to successfully orbit the Earth.
  • First "Earthling" in space

    First "Earthling" in space
    The first "Earthling", a Soviet dog named Laika, is successfully sent into space.
  • Explorer 1

    Explorer 1
    The first United states satellite to orbit the Earth - "Explorer 1" - is launched.
  • NASA is formed

    NASA is formed
    NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) is formed.
  • Yuri Gagarin

    Yuri Gagarin
    Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first person in space. (he orbits the Earth)
  • Alan Shepard

    Alan Shepard
    Alan Shepard becomes the first United States citizen in space.
  • John Glenn

    John Glenn
    Astronaut John Glenn becomes the first United States citizen to orbit the Earth.
  • Apollo 11

    Apollo 11
    Apollo 11 crew member Neil Armstrong is the first man to walk on the moon. His fellow crew member Edwin “Buzz”Aldrin is right behind him, making him the second man to walk on the moon.h
  • Voyager II

    Voyager II
    Voyager II, the first space probe to fly by the four gas giant planets - Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune - is launched.
  • First American Space Shuttle

    First American Space Shuttle
    The first American space shuttle is launched. This is the first “re-usable” space craft in history.
  • Challenger Explosion

    Challenger Explosion
    The space shuttle Challenger explodes shortly after take-off, killing all of its crew members including the first teacher in space, Christa McAuliffe.
  • Hubble Space Telescope

    Hubble Space Telescope
    The Hubble Space Telescope is launchd into orbit around te Earth.
  • Pathfinder

    The un-manned American space probe “Pathfinder” lands on Mars and begins its successful exploration of the planet.
  • Human habitation of ISS

    Human habitation of ISS
    Human habitation in te International Space Station begins.
  • Columbia explosion

    Columbia explosion
    The space shuttle Columbia explodes upon re-entry into the Earth's astmoshpere.