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German A-4 Rocket reaches space (Oct 3 1942)

October 3 1942

Russian

First man-made object in space - Sputnik (Oct 4 1957 - Jan 3 1958)

October 4 1957 - January 3 1958

Laika- First animal in orbit (Nov 3 1957)

November 3 1957

Luna 2- First object on Moon (Sep 14 1959)

September 14 1959

Yuri Gagarin- First man in space (Apr 12 1961)

April 12 1961

Valentina Tereshkova- First woman in space (Jun 16 1963)

June 16 1963

First interplanetary surface mission- Venera 7/Venus (Dec 15 1970)

December 15 1970

First space station- Salyut 1 (Oct 11 1971)

october 11 1971

First soft landing on Mars- Mars 3 (Dec 2 1971)

December 2 1971

Longest spaceflight- Valeri Polyakov (Jan 8 1994 - Mar 22 1995)

January 8 1994 - March 22 1995

United States

First Animals in space- Fruit flies (Feb 20 1947)

February 20 1947

US successfully launches Explorer 1 (Jan 31 1958 - Mar 31 1970)

January 31 1958 - March 31 1970

Alan Shepard- Second man, First american in space (May 5 1961)

May 5 1961

First successful Interplanetary flyby- Mariner 2/Venus (Dec 14 1962)

December 14 1962

Neil Armstrong/Apollo 11- First man on Moon (Jul 20 1969)

July 20 1969

First successful Mars landing- Viking 1 (Jul 20 1976 - Nov 11 1982)

July 20 1976 - November 11 1982

First untethered spacewalk- Bruce McCandless II (Feb 7 1984)

february 7 1984

First orbital optical observatory- Hubble Space Telescope (Apr 24 1990)

April 24 1990

First mission into the atmosphere of a gas giant- Galileo (Dec 7 1995)

December 7 1995

Free ranging Mars rover- Spirit (Jan 4 2004)

january 4 2004