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1957Soviets launch Sputnik I.
January 1958Explorer, the 1st U.S. satellite is launched.
October 1958NASA is established.
January 1961NASA engineers test space capsule using chimpanzees.
April 1961Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first person to orbit Earth.
May 5, 1961Alan Shepard, Jr. becomes the first American to fly into space.
May 25, 1961President Kennedy commits to the goal of landing a man on the moon.
1962John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit Earth.
1963Soviet Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first women to fly in space.
1967Fire in Apollo 1 capsule kills astronauts Roger Chaffee, Gus Grisson, and Edward White.
1968Apollo 8 orbits the moon.
1969Apollo 11 lands Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon.
1970A successful failure: Apollo 13
1975Soviet and American space crafts successfully dock in space during the Apollo-Soyuz mission.
1981First U.S. mission using the space shuttle.
1983Sally Ride becomes the first American woman to fly in space.
1990U.S. launches the Hubble Space Telescope.
2003Columbia disintegrates upon re-entry.
TodayBeyond the Moon and More
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