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History of Space Exploration
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Soviet Russia launched Sputnik 1, the first ever satellite launched into space.
The USA launches Explorer 1, the first satellite launched into space by the USA.
Soviet Russia launches Luna 1, which missed its target, the moon, but was the first manmade object to leave Earth's orbit.
NASA launches Discover 1, the first US spy satellite.
Threshold 1: NASA is founded.
Threshold 3: Apollo 11 crew takes a step on the moon.
The US launches the first primates into space.
NASA launches Explorer 6, which provides the first images of earth from space.
Russia ignores several safety protocols to rush the launch of a Mars probe. It exploded on launch, killing 126 people.
The Soviet Union launches the Venera probe to Venus, but it loses contact after a week in space.
Threshold 2: Russia launches the first man into space, Yuri Gagarin.
The US launches Mercury Freedom 7, which made Alan Sjepard the first American in space.
The U.S.S.R launches their first successful spy satellite, called Cosmos 7.
The US launches Mariner 2, which flies by Venus.
Canada launches the first satellite to space from a country other than the US or Russia.
Russia launches a rocket with Valentina Tereshkova on board, the first woman to go to space.
Alexei Leonov makes the first spacewalk.
Luna 9 becomes the first spacecraft to land softly on the moon.
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