July 20, 1969 – Armstrong walks on moon

July 20, 1969 – Armstrong walks on moon

At 10:56 p.m. EDT, American astronaut Neil Armstrong, nearly 240,000 miles from Earth, speaks these words to millions listening and watching on television at home: ‘That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.’

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July 17, 1975 – Superpowers meet in space

July 17, 1975 – Superpowers meet in space

On July 17, 1975, as part of a project aimed at developing space rescue capability, the U.S. spacecraft Apollo and the Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 19 rendezvous and dock in space.

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April 11, 1970 – Apollo 13 launches for the moon

April 11, 1970 – Apollo 13 launches for the moon

On April 11, 1970, Apollo 13, the third lunar landing mission, is successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying astronauts James A. Lovell, John L. Swigert, and Fred W. Haise.

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April 9, 1959 – First Astronauts introduced

April 9, 1959 – First Astronauts introduced

On April 9, 1959, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) introduces America’s first astronauts to the press: Scott Carpenter, L. Gordon Cooper Jr., John H. Glenn Jr., Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Walter Schirra Jr., Alan Shepard Jr., and Donald Slayton.

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