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Past Space Travel

An Era of Innovation

10/4/1957

A modified R-7 two-stage ICBM launches the satellite Sputnik 1 from Tyuratam. The Space Race between the Soviet Union and the United States begins.

1/31/1958

Explorer-I, officially known as Satellite 1958 Alpha, was the first United States earth satellite and was sent aloft as part of the United States program for the International Geophysical Year 1957-1958.

4/12/1961

Yuri Gagarin becomes the first man in space with a 108-minute flight on Vostok 1 in which he completed one orbit.

5/25/1961

In a speech before Congress, President John Kennedy announces that an American will land on the moon and be returned safely to Earth before the end of the decade.

10/11/1968

Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission, launches on a Saturn 1 for an 11-day mission in Earth orbit. The mission also featured the first live TV broadcast of humans in space.

7/20/1969

The famous mission that fulfilled JFK's declaration. Here we intervied Keven Brown, a enginner working for NASA, about what he thought to be the most important space travel accomplishment, he responded Apollo 11.

12/19/1972

Apollo 17, the last mission to the moon, returns to Earth.