Space race

The Space Race

  • Sputnik

    Sputnik was the first satellite put into the Earths orbit it was Sent by the Soviet Union
  • Sputnik 2

    Sputnik 2
    The USSR sent Sputnik 2 with a dog named Laika into orbit they couldnt get her back and Laika died
  • Explorer 1

    Explorer 1
    Explorer 1 was the first American satellite to reach orbit it carried scientific equipment that lead to the discovery of the Van Allen radiation belt.
  • Explorer 2

    Explorer 2
    Explorer 2 is launched but it failed to reach orbit
  • Sputnik 3

    Sputnik 3
    Sputnik 3 is launched into orbit from Baikonur cosmodrome
  • luna 1

    luna 1
    Luna 1 is launched by the USSR it is the first man made object to orbit the Sun
  • Luna orbits the moon

    Luna orbits the moon
    Luna 3 orbits the Moon and photographs 70% of its surface
  • tiros 1

     tiros 1
    Tiros 1, the first successful weather satellite, is launched
  • Alan Shepard

    Alan Shepard
    Alan B. Shepard becomes the first American in space.
  • Gemini

    NASA announces the Gemini Program
  • John Glenn

    John Glenn
    John Glenn orbits the Earth three times
  • Nasa

    NASA selects its second group of astronauts
  • Walter Schirra

    Walter Schirra
    Walter Schirra orbits the Earth six times
  • First woman

    First woman
    Cosmonaut Valentia Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space
  • Apollo 11

    Apollo 11
    Apollo 11 returns to earth