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1932
Aug 7 "Buck Rogers" Debuts on CBS Radio
1945
Nov 16 88 German Rocket Scientists Arrive in U.S.
1958
Jan 31 U.S. Launches First Successful Satellite
Dec 18 U.S. Launches First Experimental Communications Satellite
1959
Aug 21 U.S. Mercury-Atlas Test Rocket Fires Prematurely - Mission Fails
Sep 9 U.S. Rocket Launch Tests Mercury Capsule Heatshield
Oct 4 U.S. Rocket Launch Tests Mercury Capsule Aerodynamics and Integrity
Nov 4 U.S. Rocket Launch Tests Mercury Capsule Abort & Escape Features
Dec 4 Monkey Reaches Weightlessness for 3m13s in U.S. Capsule Primates
1960
Jan 21 Monkey Reaches Weightlessness for 28s in U.S. Capsule Primates
May 9 U.S. Rocket Launch Tests Mercury Capsule Launch Pad Escape System
July 29 U.S. Fails in Attempt to Launch & Recover a Mercury Capsule
Aug 19 Sputnik 5 Launches: Animals, Plants & Insects Aboard Russian Space Program Animals Plants Insects
Nov 21 U.S. Redstone Booster Rocket Blows Up on Launch Pad
Dec 19 U.S. Mercury-Redstone Rocket Achieves Weightlessness for 5m30s
1961
Jan 31 U.S. Mercury Capsule Launched and Recovered with Chimp Aboard Primates

Mar 24 U.S. Qualifies Redstone Booster for Manned Missions
Apr 25 U.S. Mercury-Atlas Spacecraft Destroyed 40 Seconds after Liftoff
May 5 Alan B. Shepard First American in Space Aboard Freedom 7 (15m28s) New Hampshire Explorers, Pioneers & Astronauts
July 21 Gus Grissom Second American in Space: Liberty Bell 7 (15m37s) Indiana Explorers, Pioneers & Astronauts
July 21Mercury Liberty Bell 7 Lost at Sea when Hatch Blows Prematurely
Sep 13 U.S. Launch Tests Mercury Capsule Environmental Controls
Nov 29 U.S. Places Chimpanzee into Earth Orbit Primates
1962
Feb 20 John Glenn Completes 3 Earth Orbits in Mercury Friendship 7 Ohio Explorers, Pioneers & Astronauts
May 24 M. Scott Carpenter Completes 3 Earth Orbits in Mercury Aurora 7 Colorado Explorers, Pioneers & Astronauts
Sep 13 John Kennedy Issues His Challenge to Place a Man on the Moon The Moon
Oct 3 Wally Schirra Completes 6 Earth Orbits in Mercury Sigma 7 New Jersey Explorers, Pioneers & Astronauts
1963
May 15 L. Gordon Cooper Completes 22 Earth Orbits in Mercury Faith 7 Oklahoma Explorers, Pioneers & Astronauts
1964
Apr 8-12 U.S. Unmanned Launch & 4-day Orbit Tests Gemini 1 Space Vehicle
1965
Jan 19 U.S. Unmanned Launch Tests Gemini 2 Re-entry Heat Protection
Mar 23 Gemini 3: Gus Grissom, John Young (1 day) Gus Grissom John Young NASA Space Exploration New York Times
Jun 3 - 7 James McDivitt and Edward White Aboard 4-day Gemini 4 Mission Illinois Explorers, Aviators & Astronauts Texas Explorers, Aviators & Astronauts
Jun 3 Astronaut Ed White Makes First U.S. Spacewalk. Texas Explorers, Aviators & Astronauts
Aug 21 - 29 Gordon Cooper and Pete Conrad Aboard 8-day Gemini 5 Mission Oklahoma Explorers, Aviators & Astronauts Pennsylvania Explorers, Aviators & Astronauts
Dec 4 - 18 Frank Borman and Jim Lovell Aboard 14-day Gemini 7 Mission Indiana Explorers, Aviators & Astronauts Ohio Explorers, Aviators & Astronauts
Dec 15 - 16 Walter Schirra and Tom Stafford Aboard 1-day Gemini 6A Mission New Jersey Explorers, Aviators & Astronauts Oklahoma Explorers, Aviators & Astronauts
Dec 15 Gemini 6A & Gemini 7 Rendezvous in Space: Achieve Zero Relative Motion
1966
Mar 16 Neil Armstrong, David Scott Aboard 1-day Gemini 8 Mission Ohio Explorers, Aviators & Astronauts Indiana Explorers, Aviators & Astronauts Michigan Explorers, Aviators & Astronauts
Gemini 8 Docks in Space with Agena" target Vehicle
Violent Rolling Forces Gemini 8 to Terminate Mission
Jun 3 - 6 Tom Stafford, Gene Cernan Aboard 3-day Gemini 9A Mission Oklahoma Explorers, Aviators & Astronauts Illinois Explorers, Aviators & Astronauts
Jun 5 Gene Cernan Walks in Space Illinois Explorers, Aviators & Astronauts
1967
Jan 27 Astronauts White, Grissom & Chaffee Perish in Launch Pad Fire Texas Explorers, Aviators & Astronauts Indiana Explorers, Aviators & Astronauts Michigan Explorers, Aviators & Astronauts
1975
Aug 20 U.S. Launches Viking I for a Mars Landing Mars
1977
Aug 20 Unmanned U.S. Voyager 2 Carries Messages from Earth
1982
Aug 19 Russian Soyuz T-7 Launched. Two Men, One Woman for 113 Days Russian Space Program

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This guide last edited 12/27/2011
This guide last revised 03/18/2009