Space Exploration - Braydon Laughner

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Sputnik

October 4, 1957

Sputnik 1, the first man-made object to orbit Earth, is launched by the USSR.

Volstok

April 1961

Volstok 1 is launched by the USSR carrying Cosmonaut Yuri Gargarin.

Project Mercury

May 1961

Project Mercury carries Alan Shepard into space as the first U.S. astronaut.

John Glenn

1962

John Glenn is the first U.S. astronaut to orbit Earth

Project Gemini

1965

Project Gemini launches the first U.S. two-man crew into space.

Apollo 8

1968

Apollo 8 leaves Earth's orbit and circles the Moon.

Apollo 11

1969

Apollo 11 lands on the Moon. Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin walk on the moon.

Project Skylab

1973

Project Skylab is launched by the U.S.

Viking 2

1976

Viking 2, launched by the U.S. lands on Mars.

U.S. Space Shuttle

1981

First mission of the U.S. Space Shuttle

Hubble Space Telescope

1990

The Hubble SPace Telescope is launched

Planet outside Solar System

1991

First evidence of a planet outside the solar system is obtained.

Pathfinder

1997

Pathfinder lands on Mars. Colar images of the surface and data on the rocks and soil are collected.

International Space Station

1998

Construction begins on the International Space Station