The Many "FIRSTS" of The Space Program

Key: Launches =Teal, People in Space = Pink, Other Space Activity = Purple

Events

Soviet Union - 1st Satellite, Sputnik was Launched

October 4, 1957

Yuri Gagarin - 1st Human in Space

April 12, 1961

Alan Shepard - 1st American in Space

May 5, 1961

John Glen - 1st American in Orbit

February 20, 1962

Alexi Leonov - 1st Man to Walk in Space

March 18, 1965

Ed White - 1st American to walk in Space

June 3, 1965

Mariner 4 - 1st Pictures of Mars were Transmitted

July 14, 1965

Luna 9 - 1st Spacecraft to Land on Moon

February 3, 1966

Surveyor 1 - 1st American Spacecraft to Land on the Moon

June 2, 1966

Zond 5 - 1st Spacecraft to Orbit the Moon

September 15, 1968

Neil Armstrong & "Buzz" Aldrin - 1st Men on the Moon

July 20, 1969

Venera 7 - 1st Probe to Land on Venus

December 15, 1970

Mariner 9 - 1st Craft to Orbit another World, Mars

November 13, 1971

Skylab - 1st U.S. Space Station Launched

May 14, 1973

Columbia - 1st Space Shuttle to be Launched

April 12, 1981

Sally Ride - 1st American Women in Space

June 19, 1983

Guion Bluford - 1st African-American in Space

August 30, 1983

Mae Jemison - 1st African-American Women in Space

September 12, 1992

Dennis Tito - 1st Tourist in Space

April 28, 2001

Stardust Spacecraft - Collected the 1st Dust from a Comet

January 15, 2006

Virgin Galactic - Announced the 1st Manned Glide Flight of the VSS Enterprise

October 10, 2010

Space X - 1st Non-Government Organization to Launch a Spacecraft

December 8, 2010

Dawn Spacecraft - 1st Man Made Craft to Orbit an Asteriod

July 16, 2011