History of Space Exploration

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  • Sputnik 1

    Sputnik 1
    The first satellite to be launched. It was launched by the USSR.
  • Sputnik 2

    Sputnik 2
    The second satellite sent into to space and the first with an animal, a dog, Laika. Also, sent by the USSR.
  • Explorer 1

    Explorer 1
    The first satellite sent into space by the USA. It had the first detection of the Van Allen Belts.
  • Vangaurd 1

    Vangaurd 1
    The first solar powered satellite to be sent into space. Also sent by the USA.
  • Project SCORE

    Project SCORE
    The first communications satellite. It was launched by the USA.
  • Luna 1

    Luna 1
    This was the first firing of a rocket into Earth's orbit and detection of solar wind. It was the first seen of the USSR in a while.
  • Vangaurd 2

    Vangaurd 2
    The first weather satellite. Made by the USA.
  • Explorer 6

    Explorer 6
    The first satellite to retrieve pictures of earth from outer space. It was launched by the USA.
  • Luna 3

    Luna 3
    It was the first satellite to get pictures of the far side of the moon. Launched by the USSR.
  • Sputnik 5

    Sputnik 5
    The first plants and animals to return back alive from orbit. By the USSR.
  • Vostok 1

    Vostok 1
    First manned space orbit. He was the first to orbit earth. By the USSR.
  • Vostok 6

    Vostok 6
    The first women in space. By the USSR.
  • Mariner 4

    Mariner 4
    The first Mars fly-by. By the USA.
  • Luna 9

    Luna 9
    First sof-landing on another world. By the USSR.
  • Apollo

    The first man to land on the moon. By the USA.
  • Salyut 1

    Salyut 1
    Salyut 1, the first Space Station, launches but it was only occupied once.
  • Apollo 15

    Apollo 15
    Apollo 15 uses the first Lunar Rover, one of the most complex vehicles built.
  • Apollo 17

    Apollo 17
    NASA's final mission to the moon on Apollo 17.
  • Pioneer 10

    Pioneer 10
    First travel through the asteroid belt and Jupiter flyby. By the USA.
  • Viking Lander

    Viking Lander
    First photos and soil samples from the surface of Mars.
  • Venera 13

    Venera 13
    First Venus soil samples and sound recording of another world.
  • Pioneer 11

    Pioneer 11
    First spacecraft beyond the orbit of Neptune.
  • Voyager 1

    Voyager 1
    First photograph of the whole solar system.
  • Gailelo

    First mission into the atmosphere of a gas giant and the first orbit of Jupiter.
  • Expedition 1

    Expedition 1
    First resident crew on the International Space Station.
  • Shenzhou 5

    Shenzhou 5
    China is the 3rd nation to achieve manned spaceflight.
  • Spirit Rover

    Spirit Rover
    Free ranging Mars rover.
  • Cassini-Huygens

    First soft landing on Titan.