cold war and the space race
oct 1957: USSR launches Sputnik 1.
jan 1958: Explorer 1, the first American satellite to reach orbit, is launched.
Oct 1958: NASA is formed
Nov 1960: John F. Kennedy is elected
april 1961: Yuri Gagarin (Russian) is the first man in space.
may 1961: President John F. Kennedy addresses Congress and states he believes we can reach the moon by the end of the decade.
Nov. 1963: President Kennedy is assassinated.
July 1969: Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin become the first men to walk on the Moon while Michael Collins orbits around the Moon