July 31, 1964 – Ranger 7 photographs Moon

July 31, 1964 – Ranger 7 photographs Moon

Ranger 7, an unmanned U.S. lunar probe, takes the first close-up images of the Moon–4,308 in total–before it impacts with the lunar surface northwest of the Sea of the Clouds.

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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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June 30, 1970 – Soviet cosmonauts perish in reentry disaster

June 30, 1970 – Soviet cosmonauts perish in reentry disaster

The three Soviet cosmonauts who served as the first crew of the world’s first space station die when their spacecraft depressurizes during reentry.

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