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The Space Race
Transcript of The Space Race
On October 4th, 1957 the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I and with it ushered in new political, military, technological and scientific developments.
Yuri Gagarin orbits the Earth on April 12th, 1961 as the first man in space.
The Mercury 7, America's first men in space.
Space:The Final Frontier
U.S. Enters the Space Race
January 31st, 1958
Explorer 1 is launched into orbit, becoming the first American satellite to orbit the Earth.
In one single moment, a whole new world of opportunity opened for Americans.
NASA IS CREATED
Congress passes the National Aeronautics and Space Act.
The Race to the Moon
President Kennedy has tasked NASA with carrying out the goal of sending man to the moon and back safely.
photo taken by Astronaut Bill Anders
Man lands on the Moon!
The Shuttle Program
Mars by 2030