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1947 - 1991
Cold War starts shortly after WW2 ended.
1955 - 1975
First ever Earth-orbiting satiltie launching by USSR.
October 14, 1957
Soviet Union, Yuri Gagarin makes a single orbit around the Earth and becomes the first man to reach space.
April 12, 1961
US spacecraft Apollo 8 becomes the first human-crewed spacecraft to reach the Moon, orbit it, and successfully return to Earth.
December 21, 1968
American Neil Armstrong and later Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin become the first men to walk on the Moon.
July 20, 1969
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