Rocket Timeline

William Foss

2000

NEAR-Shoemaker became the first spacecraft to orbit an asteroid.

2001

Dennis Tito became the first space tourist.

2002

Bursch & Walz set new endurance record for 195 days.

2003

Columbia disaster occurs.

2004

President George W. Bush announces plan for future space exploration.

2005

First mission to mars, the Mars Express, successfully orbits but the lander failed.

2006

New Horizons launched to Pluto.

2007

First female ISS commander Peggy Whitson.

2008

NASA's Phoenix confirms water on mars.

2009

Kepler space observatory is launched to discover Earth like planets.

2010

The SpaceShipTwo spaceplane makes first test flight.