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Sputnik: First artificial satellite launched by Soviet Union on October 4, 1957

Valentina Nikolayeva Tereshkova became the first woman in space on June 16 1962.

Neil Armstrong and "Buzz" Aldrin became the first men on the moon on june 9,1969.

Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space on April 12, 1961.

Astronaut Alan Shepard became the first American in space on May 5, 1961.

The Mariner 9 probe became the first craft to orbit another world - Mars on November 31, 1971.

The Cassini spacecraft sent back photographs of Saturn’s shimmering rings on July 1, 2004.

President Bush proposed a new space program that would send humans back to the moon by 2015 and establish a base to Mars and beyond on January 14, 2004.

NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander landed safely and began sending images home after a 10-month, 422 million-mile journey. Scientists later reported that Phoenix discovered chunks of ice on May 25, 2006.

NASA spacecraft Stardust returned safely to Earth in a desert near Salt Lake City with the first dust ever collected from a comet on January 15, 2006.

On November 13, 2009, NASA scientists announced the discovery of a "significant amount" of ice in a crater near the moon’s South Pole.

NASA launched Curiosity, the biggest, best equipped robot ever sent to explore another planet. It will reach Mars in 2012 on November 26, 2011.

HYABUSA 2: Japanese to rendezvous with asteroid 1999 JU3. Launch date December 3 2014.

NASA's Curiosity rover successfully landed on Mars. As large as a car, it carried an array of advanced new instruments and experiments on August 6, 2012.

A NASA spacecraft collided with a comet half the size of Manhattan, creating a brilliant cosmic smashup designed to help scientists study the building blocks of life on earth July 3, 2005.

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