We all know the iconic phrase ‘One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind’, but how much do you actually know about space exploration? Yuri’s Night, otherwise known as the ‘World Space Party’, celebrates human space exploration and the giant leap we have taken into travelling to other planets.
The mission, if you choose to accept it ‘…is to use the excitement and inspiration of space as a catalyst for educating and developing the next generation of explorers.’
This year, 12th April will mark 55 years since Yuri Gagarin became the first human to venture into space, but how much do you really know about space exploration milestones?
1942 – The German V2 was the first rocket to reach the boundary of space, 100km from the Earth’s surface.
1947 – Fruit flies were sent into space to help understand the effects of space travel on animals!
1949 – Little Albert II, a Rhesus monkey, was sent into space on 14th June. He travelled in an American V2 rocket and flew 83 miles above earth.
1957 – Russia launched the first satellite, ‘Sputnik 1’, into space in October. A month later, Sputnik 2 launched with the first animal, ‘Laika’ the dog, to orbit the earth.
1959 – The Russians were the first to reach the moon; space-probe ‘Luna 2’ crash-landed into the moon.
1961 – Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human to travel into space – he completed one orbit of the earth before landing around 2 hours after launch.
1969 – Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin are the first men to step foot on the moon.
1991 – Helen Sharman became the first British astronaut to launch into space.
2000 – The first permanent crew boarded the International Space Station
2001 – Dennis Tito, an American millionaire, became the first space tourist! He paid $20 million for the privilege!
2004 – The first ever privately funded space flight took place.
A goal has since been set by the U.S. National Space Policy of 2010 to send humans to an asteroid by 2025, and to the planet Mars in the 2030s! In the meantime, if you’d like to discuss the wonder of space flight with your fellow earth-dwellers, give them a call through Cherry Call!