Space Exploration

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Space Exploration

1950 - 1980

Sputnik 1

October 4, 1957

The first man made object to orbit space is launched.

Mercury Freedom 7

May 5, 1962

It is launched carrying Allan B. Shepard, jr., him becoming the first man in space

Gemini 4

June 3, 1965

Edward White II makes the first U.S. space walk from Gemini 4.

Surveyor 1

June 2, 1966

Surveyor 1 is the first U.S. spacecraft to land on the Moon.

Apollo 11

July 20, 1969

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin not only became the first two men to land on the moon, but to walk on it also

Mariner 9

November 13, 1971

First object to orbit planet besides Earth, Mars

Voyager 1 & 2

August 1977

Voyagers 1 and 2 leave Earth to meet with Jupiter in 1979 and Saturn in 1980.