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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February 11, 1965 – The world’s fourth space power

February 11, 1965  – The world’s fourth space power

From the Hammaguira launch facility in the Sahara Desert of southern Algeria, France successfully launches the Asterix-1 satellite into space with a Diamant-A rocket, becoming the world’s fourth space power after the Soviet Union, the United States, and Canada.

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February 3, 1966 – Lunik 9′ soft-lands on lunar surface

February 3, 1966 – Lunik 9′ soft-lands on lunar surface

On February 3, 1966, the Soviet Union accomplishes the first controlled landing on the moon, when the unmanned spacecraft ‘Lunik 9’ touches down on the Ocean of Storms.

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