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18/07/1921
United States Astronaut John Glenn is born in Cambridge, Ohio.
11/10/1958
United States NASA launches lunar probe Pioneer 1
04/01/1959
United States Luna 1 becomes the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the moon
31/01/1961
United States A chimpanzee sent into space in a US rocket is recovered alive and well from the sea near Florida.
25/05/1961
United States John F Kennedy, in a speech to to congress, commits to landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth, before the decade is out.
20/02/1962
United States Astronaut John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit Earth as he flew aboard the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule.
26/04/1962
United States The American Moon rocket Ranger 4 lands on the far side of the Moon but fails to send back pictures due a technical fault.
20/02/1965
United States The Ranger 8 spacecraft crashes on the moon after sending back thousands of pictures of the lunar surface.
24/03/1965
United States Ranger 9 beams live pictures of the Moon to ordinary Americans as it hurtles down to crash on the surface.
27/01/1967
United States Three american astronauts die on this day in a fire which swept through their Apollo spacecraft during a launch pad rehearsal. Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee perished.
11/10/1968
United States NASA launches Apollo 7; first successful manned Apollo mission with Wally Schirra, Donn Eisele and Walter Cunnigham on board
22/10/1968
United States Apollo 7 returns to earth with Wally Schirra, Donn Eisele and Walter Cunnigham on board.
21/12/1968
United States Apollo 8, crewed by Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and William Anders, is launched by NASA from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
24/12/1968
United States Apollo 8 with crew Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and William Anders orbit the moon 10 times. While orbiting, the crew do a television broadcast back to earth.
03/03/1969
United States Apollo 9 is launched with a crew of James McDivitt, David Scott and Russell Schweickart. They perform the first manned flight of the Lunar Module.
18/05/1969
United States Apollo 10 is launched with a crew of Thomas Stafford, John Young and Eugene Cernan. The Lunar Module made its first manned flight around the moon.
16/07/1969
United States Apollo 11 is launched carrying commander Neil Armstrong, command module pilot Michael Collins and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin
19/07/1969
United States Apollo 11 lands on the moon.
20/07/1969
United States Apollo 11 astronaughts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin become the first men to walk on the moon.
24/07/1969
United States Apollo 11 splashes down in the Pacific
14/11/1969
United States Apollo 12 is launched with a crew of Pete Conrad, Richard Gordon and Alan Bean. Apollo 12 made the second lunar landing.
19/11/1969
United States America makes it second landing on the moon when Pete Conrad and Alan Bean in Apollo 12 land in the Ocean of Storms.
24/11/1969
United States Apollo 12 returns to Earth.
11/04/1970
United States Apollo 13 is launched with a crew of Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise
14/04/1970
United States An explosion on board Apollo 13 causes one of the most critical situations in American space history.
17/04/1970
United States Apollo 13 splashes down safely in the Pacific, four days after the ruptured oxygen tank crippled the spacecraft.
31/01/1971
United States NASA launches Apollo 14, significant modifications have been made to avoid the problems experienced by Apollo 13
09/02/1971
United States The Apollo 14 spacecraft returns to Earth after man's third landing on the moon.
26/07/1971
United States Apollo 15 is launched with a crew of David Scott, James Irwin and Alfred Worden. They stayed on the moon for three days exploring the area with the Lunar Rover.
31/07/1971
United States David Scott and James Irwin steer the Lunar Rover, the first vehicle to be driven on the surface of the moon.
05/01/1972
United States President Richard Nixon orders the development of the space shuttle program
16/04/1972
United States Apollo 16 is launched.
20/04/1972
United States The Apollo 16 manned mission to the Moon lands after a seven-hour crisis which nearly aborts the mission.
07/12/1972
United States Apollo 17 is launched with a crew of Eugene Cernan, Ronald Evans and Jack Schmitt. Apollo 17 was the last lunar landing. The next planned landing will be by NASA's Orion 17 in 2019.
14/12/1972
United States Apollo 17 returns to Earth bringing an end to America's lunar exploration programme.
08/02/1974
United States Three US astronauts return safely to Earth from Skylab after a record-breaking stay in space.
17/07/1975
United States Thomas Safford and Aleksei Leonov shake hands and exchanged gifts following the docking of the US Apollo and USSR Soyuz spacecraft.
17/09/1976
United States NASA unveils the Space Shuttle during a ceremony in Palmdale, California.
18/02/1977
United States The space shuttle Enterprise, sitting atop a Boeing 747, went on its maiden flight above the Mojave Desert.
11/07/1979
Australia The abandonned US space station Skylab burns up on re-entering the earth's atmosphere and scatters ashe and debris over Australia and the Indian ocean.
08/11/1980
United States NASA announce that the Voyager 1 has discovered a new moon (the fifteenth) around Saturn
14/04/1981
United States NASA's space shuttle Columbia completes 36 orbits of the earth during a flight of 54 hours.
18/06/1983
United States Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space aboard the space shuttle Challenger.
07/02/1984
United States Space Shuttle astronauts Bruce McCandless and Robert Stewart went on the first untethered spacewalk
11/10/1984
United States Kathryn Sullivan, aboard the space shuttle Challenger becomes the first American woman to perform a space walk.
03/10/1985
United States NASA's space shuttle Atlantis completes its maiden voyage.
28/01/1986
United States The American space shuttle Challenger explodes killing all seven astronauts on board.
24/08/1993
United States NASA has lost contact with the Mars Observer, which cost more than $1 billion and was due to start orbiting Mars today.
09/12/1993
United States NASA astronauts perform a series of spacewalks over an 11 day period to repair the problem mirror on the Hubble Telescope by adding the equivalent of a 'contact lens'. The mission was declared a complete success.
03/02/1994
United States The space shuttle Discovery blasts off with a woman, Eileen Collins, in the pilot's seat for the first time.
29/06/1995
United States The space shuttle Atlantis docks with the Soviet space station Mir.
06/04/1997
United States NASA brings home the space shuttle Columbia 12 days early amid fears over a defective fuel cell.
03/01/1999
United States NASA launches the Mars Polar lander
16/01/2003
United States NASA launches space shuttle Columbia on its final mission featuring more than 80 experiments from around the world.
01/02/2003
United States Seven astronauts die as space shuttle Columbia breaks up on re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere leaving NASA and the world in a state of shock and disbelief.
03/01/2004
United States NASA's Mars rover, Spirit, touches down on Mars.
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