The Space Race

Space Race

Black: World Events independent of the Space Race.
Red: USSR
Blue: US

Russia successfully launches Sputnik I in 1957, beginning the Space Race.

1957

NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) formed in 1958.

1958

February 1, 1958: The United States launches Explorer I into space.

1958

The first probe to hit the Moon is Luna 2 in September, 1959.

1959

1961: First Flight to last more than 24 Hours takes place in Vostok 2.

1961

First American in space (Alan Shepherd) in 1961.

1961

First American citizen to orbit the earth (John Glenn) in 1962.

1962

First woman in space in 1963.

1963

October 1964: First three person crew.

1964

March 18, 1965: First space walk by Aleskei Lenov and Pavel Belyayev.

1965

1965: First Person to walked in space (Ed White).

1965

In April of 1967, Vladimir Komarov dies landing Soyuz I.

1967

Fire onboard kills three astronauts in 1967.

1967

Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders orbit the moon in 1968.

1968

First moonwalk in July, 1969 when Apollo II lands successfully.

1969

1969: Successful crew transfer between Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5.

1969

World Events

In 1946 Winston Churchill delivers the 'Iron Curtain' speech.

1946

The USSR explodes its first atomic bomb in 1949.

1949

Beginning of the Korean War in 1950.

1950

JFK elected President in 1960.

1960

August 17th, 1961: Beginning of the Construction of the Berlin Wall.

1961

The United States becomes involved in Vietnam in 1962.

1962

October of 1962: Cuban Missile Crisis

1962

The SALT I nuclear treaty signed in 1972.

1972

Ceasefire in Vietnam in 1973.

1973