1950s

How It Works - - SPACE -

20 Fe­bru­ary 1962

John Glenn be­comes the first Amer­i­can to or­bit the Earth.

10 July 1962

First com­mu­ni­ca­tions satel­lite launched, Tel­star 1.

23 March 1965

First two US as­tro­nauts in space si­mul­ta­ne­ously, on Gem­ini 3.

15 July 1965

Mariner 4 re­turns the first close-up images of Mars.

2 June 1966

First un­crewed US space­craft, Sur­veyor 1, lands on the Moon. De­cem­ber 1968 The first hu­mans or­bit the Moon, on the Apollo 8 mis­sion.

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