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21 Jul
1969: Man takes first steps on the Moon

28 Jan
1986: Seven dead in space shuttle disaster

01 Jul
2004: Cassini captures Saturn's rings

09 Dec
1993: Astronauts put Hubble back in action


Space

04 Oct
1957: Sputnik satellite blasts into space

03 Nov
1957: Russians launch dog into space

13 Dec
1958: Monkey lost after space flight

28 May
1959: Monkeys survive space mission

12 Sep
1959: Soviets launch rocket at the Moon

26 Oct
1959: World glimpses far side of the Moon

14 Mar
1960: Radio telescope makes space history

31 Jan
1961: Chimp returns safely after space flight

12 Apr
1961: Soviets win space race

05 May
1961: Shepard becomes first US astronaut

25 May
1961: Kennedy pledges man on Moon

06 Aug
1961: Russian cosmonaut spends day in space

20 Feb
1962: US spaceman orbits Earth

26 Apr
1962: First US rocket lands on Moon

14 Dec
1962: 'Music of spheres' hails Venus fly-by

16 Jun
1963: Soviets launch first woman into space

24 Mar
1965: Millions watch space probe crash into Moon

29 Aug
1965: Gemini V returns to Earth

03 Feb
1966: Soviets land probe on Moon

02 Jun
1966: First US space probe lands on Moon

27 Jan
1967: Three astronauts die in Apollo 1 tragedy

24 Apr
1967: Russian cosmonaut dies in space crash

05 May
1967: First all-British satellite 'Ariel 3' launched

18 Oct
1967: Soviets glimpse beneath clouds of Venus

19 Oct
1967: US probe flies by hot and windy Venus

24 Dec
1968: First astronauts orbit Moon

22 May
1969: Apollo 10 gets bird's eye view of Moon

16 Jul
1969: Apollo 11 takes off for the Moon

19 Nov
1969: Second Apollo mission lands on Moon

14 Apr
1970: Critical explosion cripples Apollo 13

20 Sep
1970: Soviet probe collects moon rock

06 Feb
1971: Man plays golf on the Moon

30 Jun
1971: Space mission ends in tragedy

01 Aug
1971: Apollo 15 finds rock from birth of Moon

13 Nov
1971: American probe orbits Mars

20 Apr
1972: Apollo 16 safely on Moon after engine crisis

14 Dec
1972: Last Moon mission returns

08 Feb
1974: Americans end outer space marathon

20 Jul
1976: Pictures of Mars from Viking ship

11 Jul
1979: Skylab tumbles back to Earth

24 Dec
1979: Europe launches first rocket

12 Nov
1980: Saturn's rings caught on film

24 Jun
1983: US astronaut Sally Ride returns

20 Feb
1986: Soviets launch space station Mir

29 Sep
1988: Shuttle blasts US back into space

25 Aug
1989: Voyager spacecraft reaches Neptune

24 Apr
1990: Hubble telescope takes off for space

10 Aug
1990: Magellan starts mapping Venus

18 May
1991: Sharman becomes first Briton in space

09 Feb
1995: Space pioneers take first small steps

29 Jun
1995: US shuttle docks with Russian space station

06 Apr
1997: Fault cuts short space shuttle mission

06 Jul
1997: Mars buggy starts exploring Red Planet

07 Nov
1998: Oldest astronaut back on Earth

28 Apr
2001: First space tourist blasts off

01 Feb
2003: Columbia shuttle disintegrates killing seven

15 Oct
2003: China sends first man into space

25 Dec
2003: Mars space probe disappears

25 Jan
2004: Nasa rover looks for water on Mars


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