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The History of Space Exploration

  • Sputnik 1

    Sputnik 1
    The Soviet satellite " Sputnik 1" is the first object sent into space and to successfully orbit the Earth.
  • Dog in Space

    Dog in Space
    The first " Earthling", a Soviet dog named Laika, is successfully sent into space.
  • NASA

    NASA ( National AEronautics and Space Administration) is formed.
  • First Person in Space

    First Person in Space
    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.
  • First men on the Moon

    First men on the Moon
    Apollo 11 crew 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 seond man to walk on the moon.
  • Voyager II

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

    First 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 member sincluding the first teacher in space, Christa McAuliffe.
  • Hubble Telescope

    Hubble Telescope
    The Hubble Space Telescope is launched into orbit around the Earth.
  • Pathfinder

    THe un-manned American space probe " Pathfinder" lands on Mars and begins its successful exploration of the planet.
  • International Space Station

    International Space Station
    Human habitation in the International Space Station begins.
  • Columbia Disaster

    Columbia Disaster
    The space shuttle Columbia explodes upon re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere
  • First American Satellite

    First American Satellite
    The first United States satellite to orbit the Earth - "Explorer 1" - is launched.