It sparked the evolution of Space X. It encouraged scientists to further explore space. It was the first satellite to make orbit. It stayed in orbit for over 90 days. It transmitted data for over three months.
November 3, 1957 - April 14, 1958
It was the second space craft to make orbit. It was the first space craft to carry an animal up into space. They sent a dog named Laika.
Mercury Redstone 2
January 31, 1961
Sent the second animal into space. It was the first chimpanzee in space named Ham. It was only in space for 16 minutes. He was trained to work the machines in the space craft.
April 12, 1961
It was the first man in space.
May 5, 1961
It boosted American spirits. It had the first American man to orbit the earth and his name is Al Shepard.
October 27, 1961 - July 30, 1965
April 8, 1964 - November 11, 1966
To put humans in space. It was practice for the Apollo Missions. They were testing out the limitations for space flight.
November 28, 1964 - December 21, 1967
It got the first pictures of Mars. Before it lost connection it got extra information about Venus.
March 3, 1972 - January 23, 2003
The first mission to pass by Jupiter and get some data on it and the rest of the outer planets. It was the first to go through the asteroid belt.
November 3, 1973 - March 24, 1975
The first satellite to visit two planets. It observed Venus and Mercury and it collected information on their mass and atmospheres.
September 5, 1977 - Present
It flew by Jupiter, Saturn and the Moon Titon.
Hubble Space Telescope
April 24, 1990 - Present
It was the first telescope to go into outer space. It would help us see what is in outer space.
Mars Path Finder
December 4, 1996 - Present
It was the first successful mission to go to Mars.
October 15, 1997 - Present
It is studying Saturn and its moon Titon. It has 16 participating countries.
International Space Station
November 20, 1998 - Present
It lets us know a lot about space and how things work in space.
Spirit and Opportunity
June 10, 2005 - Present
To study Mars.
Kepler Space Telescope
March 7, 2009 - Present
is discovering earth like planets that we could possibly live on when our earth dies out.