Space Travel

Three Spacecraft Dock Together For First Time

January 11, 1978

Soyuz 27 links with Salyut 6 & Soyuz 26, marking the first time that three spacecraft are docked together.

Moon Rocket Announced

January 10, 1962

NASA announces plans to build the C-5 rocket booster. It became better known as the Saturn V moon rocket, which launched every Apollo moon mission.

First RADAR Contact With Moon

January 10, 1946

The first RADAR contact with the Moon is made.

Record Stay in Space Begins

January 8, 1994

Russian cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov on Soyuz TM-18 leaves for Mir. He would stay on the space station until March 22, 1995, for a record 437 days in space.

Luna 21 Launches

January 8, 1973

Soviet space mission Luna 21 is launched. Luna 21 successfully landed on the moon and deployed the second Soviet lunar rover, Lunokhod 2.

The Last Surveyor Launches

January 7, 1968

Surveyor 7 lifts off from launch complex 36A, Cape Canaveral. Surveyor 7 was the seventh and last lunar lander of the American unmanned Surveyor program sent to explore the surface of the Moon.

Space Shuttle Given Green Light

January 5, 1972

U.S. President Richard Nixon orders the development of a space shuttle program.

Spirit Lands on Mars

January 4, 2004

Spirit, a NASA Mars Rover, lands successfully on Mars.

Luna 1 Reaches Moon

January 4, 1959

Two days after launch, the Soviet spacecraft Luna 1 becomes the first to reach the vicinity of the Moon.

Sputnik 1 Falls

January 4, 1958

After nearly 3 months in orbit, the first Earth-orbiting artificial satellite, Sputnik 1 falls to Earth.