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Decades in Space: 60’s Space Pictures

Here are more space pictures in celebration of Space Week, this time from the 60’s.

image via ESA

Yuri Gagarin
Yuri Gagarin, a cosmonaut from the Soviet Union, was the first person to go to space. His space mission to circle the Earth on April 12, 1961 lasted just a bit less than 2 hours. He was only 27 years old at that time and that was the first and last time he went into space, since he was too valued to send on a risky mission again.

image via ESA

First Men on the Moon
In 1969, American astronaut Neil Armstrong, set foot on the moon and declared “That’s one small step form man, one giant leap for mankind.” A few minutes later, Edwin Aldrin joined Neil Armstrong. Together they collected soil samples and took photographs. They stayed on the moon for 21 hours.

image via ESA

Valentina Tereshkova
Valentina Tereshkova was a Russian cosmonaut who was the first woman to set foot in space. While on her mission, she was tasked to do tests on herself in order to provide information on the female body’s response to flight in space. Her mission started on June 16, 1963 and lasted for 3 days.

image via ESA

John Glenn
John Glenn was the very first American to circle the Earth on board the Friendship 7 on February 20, 1962. He was also the third American to set foot on the moon. The flight lasted almost 5 hours and he was able to circle the Earth 5 times.

image via ESA

Apollo 8
On board Apollo 8 were Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot James Lovell and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders. The Apollo 8 was the first manned moon orbiter to separate from the Earth’s orbit. The 6-day mission was on December 21, 1968.

These are some of the important events that shaped history. Watch out for more photos as we tackle each decade!

For more information on Space Week, visit World Space Week

Additional Readings:
50 Years Since Yuri Gagarin Orbited the Earth
Today in History: Neil Armstrong Sets Foot on the Moon
Influential Photographs: Man on the Moon, 1969 by Neil Armstrong

written by jeanmendoza

1 comment

  1. emperornorton

    emperornorton

    Just a correction: John Glenn never went to the moon. He was, your article failed to note, the oldest person to have flown into space, going there in 1998 aboard the Discovery, The third man to walk on the moon was Pete Conrad and the fourth was Conrad's LEM pilot Alan Bean.

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