Space Race

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  • Sputnik 1

    Sputnik 1
    USSR launches Sputnik 1. First man made satellite.
  • Sputnik 2

    Sputnik 2
    USSR launches Sputnik 2, which carried a small dog named Laika into orbit.
  • Explorer 1

    Explorer 1
    First American satellite to reach orbit.
  • NASA

    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is formed.
  • Luna 1

    Luna 1
    First man made object to orbit the sun. Launched by the USSR.
  • Kennedy

    John F. kennedy addresses congress and challenges the nation to go to the moon. Before the end of the decade.
  • Vostok 2

    Vostok 2
    Gherman Titov spends a day in space aboard the Vostok 2.
  • Mariner 2

    Mariner 2
    Mariner 2 flies past venus and enters a solar orbit.
  • First Space Walk

    First Space Walk
    Alexei Leonov spends 12 minutes outside of his Voskhod spacecraft performing the first spacewalk.
  • Mariner 4

    Mariner 4
    U.S. Mariner 4 returns the first close-range images about Mars.
  • Gemini 7

    Gemini 7
    Gemini 7 is launched carrying Frank Borman and James A. Lovell, Jr., making 206 orbits around Earth and proving a trip to the Moon possible.
  • Soviet Luna 9

    Soviet Luna 9
    Soviet Luna 9 is the first spacecraft to soft-land on the moon.
  • Soviet Luna 10

    Soviet Luna 10
    Soviet Luna 10 is the first spacecraft to orbit the moon.
  • Apollo 8

    Apollo 8
    Became first manned space craft to leave Earth orbit, reach the Earth's Moon, orbit it and return safely to Earth.
  • Apollo 11

    Apollo 11
    Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first humans, Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, on the Moon.
  • Salyut 1

    Salyut 1
    Was the first space station of any kind, launched by the Soviet Union.
  • Mariner 9

    Mariner 9
    is a NASA space orbiter that helped in the exploration of Mars and was part of the Mariner program.
  • Apollo–Soyuz Test Project

    Apollo–Soyuz Test Project
    was the first joint U.S.–Soviet space flight, and the last flight of an Apollo spacecraft. Its primary purpose was as a symbol of the policy of détente that the two superpowers were pursuing at the time,