Space Travel/ Exploration Timeline

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Space Travel/ Exploration Timeline


July 20, 1976



March 18, 1965


April 12, 1961

Sputnik: First artificial satellite launched by Soviet Union.

Space Travel & Exploration Timeline












October 4, 1957


First Man in Space.

December 3, 2014

HYABUSA: Japanese to rendezvous with asteroid 1933 JU3. Launch Date.

First Space Walk.

April 11, 1970

Apollo 13 is launched to the Moon.

April 19, 1971

The Salyut 1 space station is launched by the Soviet Union.

American Apollo and Soviet Soyuz spacecraft dock in what is the first international spacecraft rendezvous. Known as the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, this important mission proved that U.S. and Russian crews could work together successfully in space.

July 17, 1975

First Surface Images of MarsThe first pictures of the surface of Mars are sent back to Earth by Viking 1, the first U.S. spacecraft to successfully land a on another planet. The pictures reveal a rocky, desolate landscape that shows no signs of life.

New Space Endurance RecordSoviet cosmonauts Anatoli N. Berezovoi and Valentin V. Lebedev are launched in Soyuz T-5 to rendezvous with Salyut 7 and become the first team to inhabit the space station. They return to Earth in Soyuz T-7, setting a new duration record of 211 days.

May 13, 1982

June 19, 1983

First American Woman in SpaceAstronaut Sally K. Ride becomes the first American woman to travel into space on Space Shuttle Challenger mission STS-7.

February 3, 1994

First Russian Cosmonaut Aboard ShuttleSergei Krikalev becomes the first Russian Cosmonaut to fly on aboard a U.S. Space Shuttle during Discovery mission STS-60.

February 14, 2000

First Detailed Study of an Asteroid

First Landing on an Alien Moon

January 14, 2005

August 25, 2012

First Man-made Spacecraft in Interstellar Space

August 6, 2014First Spacecraft to Orbit a Comet


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