The Great Space Race

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  • USSR launches First Space Craft

    The First Spacecraft that was ever launched was from the USSR. The name of the spacecraft was Sputnik. This was only the 1st Sputnik later there was three more launched.
  • 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 Launched

    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.
  • USSR launches Sputnik 3

    AllAbout The Russians had to make lots of revisions. If they hadnt they wouldnt have ever made it into space.
  • Luna 1 travels around the Sun

    Luna 1 is launched by the USSR. It is the first man made object to orbit the Sun.
  • Luna 2 around the Sun

    Luna'sLuna 3 orbits the Moon and photographs 70% of its surface.
  • First Camera in Space

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

    Yuri Gagarin orbits the Earth once and becomes the first man in space.
  • John Glenn orbits the Earth three times.

    John Glen (American) orbited the earth 3 times. This was the first time that that had ever happened.
  • Woman in Space

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

    Alexei Leonov spends 12 minutes outside of his spacecraft performing the first spacewalk
  • 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

    Space Race Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin become the first men to walk on the Moon while Michael Collins orbits around the Moon alone.
  • Surveyor 1

    Surveyor 1 soft-lands on the Moon.
  • Last Lunar visit

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