USSR satellite Sputnik 1 lauches into space and orbits around the Earth.
Dog in Space
November 3rd, 1957
A dog named Laika is launched into space in the Sputnik 2, making it the first living organism successful in orbit
US joins the fight
January 31st, 1958
Explorer 1 is launched into space to reach orbit and adds the U.S. to the space race.
USSR lands on the moon
October 4th, 1959
USSR laucnhes Luna 3 into space making it the first spacecraft to reach the surface of the moon.
Ham the chimpanzee
January 31st, 1961
First great ape into space and the first to successfully survive the landing.
Humans in space
April 12th, 1961
The Soviet Union makes Yuri Gagarin the first human to reach space in the Vostok 1
In the Dark
March 18th, 1965
Alexei Leono becomes the first human to leave the spacecraft and be in 'space'.
Moon and back
December 21st, 1968
Apollo 8 becomes the first human-controlled spacecraft to reach the moon and return to Earth
Man on Moon
July 20th, 1969
Neil Armstrong and "Buzz" Aldrin become the first men to walk on the moon and win the space race for the U.S.
July 15th, 1975
With two separate flights, the Apollo and Soyuz spacecraft dock in space and the two commanders Tom Stafford and Alexei Leonov exchange the first international handshake. This ends the conflict of the Space Race.