NASA Milestones

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Sputnik

October 4, 1957

Wakes up America

Explorer 1

January 31, 1958

NASA Begins

October 1, 1958

Alan Shepard: First American in Space

May 5, 1961

John Glenn: First American in Orbit

February 20, 1962

Gemini 5 Tests Space Affects on Humans

August 21, 1965

Saturn V Rockets

November 9, 1967

Launch of Apollo 11

July 16, 1969

First Man on Moon

July 20, 1969

Pioneer 10: First Spacecraft to Leave Solar System

March 2, 1972

Viking 1 and 2: Landing on Mars

August 20, 1977

Space Shuttle Columbia: Begins Shuttle Programs

April 12, 1981 - 2012

Sally Ride: First American Women in Space

June 18, 1983

Mars Pathfinder

December 4, 1996 - July 4, 1997

Pathfinder Begins Exploration

July 4, 1997

ISS is Launched

November 20, 1998

Genesis: Solar Wind Atoms

August 8, 2001

Pheonix: Mars' North Poles

August 4, 2007