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NASA Prezi. b y: Brandon Lee. Important Events- 1960’s. May 5 th , 1961: Commander Alan B. Shepard Jr., was rocketed 115 miles into space on May 5, 1961, becoming the first American space explorer.

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Nasa prezi

NASA Prezi

by: Brandon Lee

Important events 1960 s
Important Events- 1960’s

  • May 5th, 1961: Commander Alan B. Shepard Jr., was rocketed 115 miles into space on May 5, 1961, becoming the first American space explorer.

  • May 25th, 1961: President Kennedy proposed bold and expensive new measures to rocket a man to the moon.

  • Feb 20th, 1962: John H. Glenn Jr. orbited three times around the earth and landed safely to become the first American to make such a flight.

  • May 28th, 1964: The manned lunar project passed its first orbital flight test as a Saturn I rocket placed a dummy version of the Apollo lunar spacecraft into a low earth orbit.

Aircrafts shuttles rockets satellites etc
Aircrafts, Shuttles, Rockets, Satellites, Etc…

  • The Surveyor 1 spacecraft made a triumphant soft landing on the moon and was hailed as the first man-made vehicle ever to settle gently onto another celestial body.

Apollo 8
Apollo 8

  • The three astronauts of Apollo 8 became the first men to orbit the moon. After flying 10 times around that desolate realm of dream and scientific mystery, they started their return to earth.

Apollo 11
Apollo 11

  • Men have landed and walked on the moon. Two Americans, astronauts of Apollo 11, steered their fragile four-legged lunar module safely and smoothly to the historic landing.

Tragic events
Tragic Events

  • The three-man crew of astronauts for the Apollo 1 mission were killed in a flash fire aboard the huge spacecraft designed to take man to the moon. The astronauts were the first American spacemen to be killed on the job and, ironically, died while on the ground.

  • R.I.P: Virgil I. Grissom, Edward H. White, Roger P. Chaffee


  • Freedom 7 capsule reached an altitude of 116 miles during this suborbital flight and splashed down some 304 miles out into the Atlantic.

  • Gus Grissom and John Young made the first launch of the Gemini Program aboard the spacecraft Molly Brown.

  • Apollo 7, the first manned launch in the Apollo Program, was a "101 percent successful" mission.