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The Great Space Race

By jokef47
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    Space Race

  • USSR launches Sputnik 1

    USSR launches Sputnik 1
    First Spacecraft ever sent into a orbit around the world.
  • First animal in Space

    First animal in Space
    USSR launches Sputnik 2 which carried a small dog named Laika into orbit. Died in space, there was no way for her to return at the time.
  • Explorer 1 lanched

    Explorer 1 lanched
    Explorer 1, the first American satellite to reach orbit, is launched. It carried scientific equipment that lead to the discovery of the Van Allen radiation belt.
  • Sputnik 3

    Sputnik 3
    Sputnik 3 is launched.
  • Luna 1 around the Sun

    Luna 1 around the Sun
    Luna 1 is launched by the USSR. It is the first man made object to orbit the Sun.
  • Luna 3

    Luna 3
    Luna 3 orbits the Moon and photographs 70% of its surface.
  • First spy camera in space

    First spy camera in space
    The US launches Discoverer XIV, its first camera equipped spy satellite.
  • First man in Space

    First man in Space
    Yuri Gagarin orbits the Earth once and becomes the first man in space.
  • John Glenn circles earth 3 times

    John Glenn circles earth 3 times
    John Glenn orbits the Earth three times.
  • First Woman in Space

    First Woman in Space
    Cosmonaut Valentia Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space.
  • First space walk

    First space walk
    Alexei Leonov spends 12 minutes outside of his spacecraft performing the first spacewalk.
  • Surveyor 1

    Surveyor 1
    Surveyor 1 soft-lands on the Moon.
  • First jorney to the Moon

    First jorney to the Moon
    Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders begin the first manned journey from the Earth to the Moon. On Christmas Eve they take turns reading Genesis in a broadcast heard around the world.
  • U.S Lands on Moon

    U.S Lands on Moon
    Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin become the first men to walk on the Moon while Michael Collins orbits around the Moon alone.
  • Last Lunar visit

    Last Lunar visit
    Apollo 17 was first and last time U.S used a Lunar Rover. The Mission consisted of one scientist.