The Space Race

  • Sputnik 1

    the first object to orbit the Earth is launched by the U.S.S.R
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    The Space Race

  • Sputnik 2

    Sputnik 2 was launched carrying the dog Laika for 7 days in orbit was ;launched by the U.S.S.R
  • Explorer 1

    Explorer 1 is the first U.S satellite to be launched lifts off at Cape Canaveral
  • Explorer 2

    Explorer 2 is launched but fails to reach orbit
  • Luna 2

    Luna 2 is launched and impacts on the moon, becoming the first man-made object to hit the moon
  • Luna 3

    Luna 3, a translunar satellite is launched orbiting the moon and photographing 70% of the far side of the moon
  • Vostok 1

    Vostok 1 is launched, carrying cosmonaut Yuri A. Gargarin, the first man in space
  • Friendship 7

    Friendship 7 lifts off with John H. Glenn, the first American in orbit
  • Vostok 6

    Vostok 6 carries Valentina Tereshkova, becoming the first woman in space
  • Mariner 4

    Mariner returns the first close-range phtos about Mars
  • Venera 3

    Venera 3 impacts on Venus, the first spacecraft to reach another planet
  • Soyuz 1

    Soyuz 1, carrying Vladimir M. Komarov, ctashes, killing Komarov, becoming the first spaceflight fatality
  • Zond 5

    Zond 5 becomes the first spacecraft to orbit the Moon and return.
  • Neil Armstrong

    Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to walk on the moon
  • Viking 2

    Viking 2 lands on mars and discovers water frist
  • Challenger

    the Challenger lifts off with Sally K. Ride, the first U.S. woman to go into space
  • Endeavour

    Endeavour launches, making the first on-orbit service of the Hubble Space Telescope
  • Discovery

    Space shuttle Discovery becomes the first shuttle mission to be flown by a female pilot
  • Columbia

    space shuttle Columbia lifts off with the first Urkanian astronaut, Leonid Kadenyuk.
  • Deep Space 1

    Deep Space 1 succesfully completes its flyby of comet Borrelly
  • Spirit Rover

    the Spirit Rover parachutes to the surface of Mars. Designed to stay 3 months, it stays over 3 years.
  • Messenger Probe

    NASA's Messenger Probe conducts its first flyby of mercury, almost 33 years after the last spacecraft encountered it
  • Dawn

    NASA's Dawn spacecraft enters orbit around the asteroid Vesta