January 11, 1978
Soyuz 27 links with Salyut 6 & Soyuz 26, marking the first time that three spacecraft are docked together.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 5, 1972
U.S. President Richard Nixon orders the development of a space shuttle program.
January 4, 2004
Spirit, a NASA Mars Rover, lands successfully on Mars.
January 4, 1959
Two days after launch, the Soviet spacecraft Luna 1 becomes the first to reach the vicinity of the Moon.
January 4, 1958
After nearly 3 months in orbit, the first Earth-orbiting artificial satellite, Sputnik 1 falls to Earth.