Space Race

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  • Soviet Union launches Sputnik I into space.

    Soviet Union launches Sputnik I into space.
    Soviet Union launched the first human-made object to orbit the Earth. Sonny upset about Soviet Union was able to get the satellite into space first, this was the first time that he showd some interest in the space race.
  • Soviet Union sends Sputnik II, with dog as passenger

     Soviet Union sends Sputnik II, with dog as passenger
    This second heavier Sputnik carried the first dog launced into space, Sputnik II circled earth in 90 minutes. The dog did not make it back to Earth...:(
  • U.S Launch of of the Vanguard satellite

    U.S Launch of of the Vanguard satellite
    The U.S. made its first attempt to put a satellite into orbit. The Vanguard lost its thrust and blew up. Sonny felt disappointed like other Americans and worried that his rockets would never get high in the sky.
  • NASA is officially born!!!:D

    NASA is officially born!!!:D
    NASA's mission was to: "To provide for research into problems of flight within and outside the Earth's atmosphere, and for other purposes."
  • President Eisenhower and Congress take action in the Space Race

    President Eisenhower and Congress take action in the Space Race
    On this day, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958.
  • First American enters space

    First American enters space
    Alan B. Shepard became the first American and second person to be launched into space. He also commanded the Apollo 14 mission .
  • John Glenn first person to orbit Earth

    John Glenn first person to orbit Earth
    John Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth and third American in space. On October 29, 1998, he became the oldest person to fly in space. YAY!!
  • FINALLY! First man on moon!:)

    FINALLY! First man on moon!:)
    The United States launches the first men on the moon with the success of Apollo 11. Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong walked on the moon while Michael Collins remained in lunar orbit. This success fulfilled President Kennedy's promise to reach the moon before the Soviet Union by the end of the 1960s.