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  • John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth on February 20, 1962.
  • Apollo 8 became the first manned spacecraft to orbit the moon on December 21, 1968.
  • Skylab I, the first U.S. orbiting laboratory, was launched on May 14, 1973.
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  • Sputnik 1 Becomes First Artificial Satellite (October 4, 1957)
    On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union successfully placed the world's first artificial satellite into orbit around Earth.
  • First US Satellite in Orbit (January 31, 1958)
    Explorer 1 became America's first satellite on January 31, 1958.
  • Yuri Gagarin Orbits Earth (April 12, 1961)
    Yuri Gagarin became the first human to orbit Earth on April 12, 1961.
  • First U.S. Manned Suborbital Space Flight (May 5, 1961)
    Mercury-Redstone 3 was launched with Alan B. Shepard, Jr. aboard on May 5, 1961.
  • Mercury-Redstone 4 Launched (July 21, 1961)
    Gus Grissom piloted the second U.S. manned suborbital spaceflight which was launched on July 21, 1961;
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