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The Chinese invented the first ever rockets. But it was the Germans who managed to get the first Rocket/Missile into space, with the V2.
The first ever satellite was Sputnik 1, launched in 1957 by the Soviet Union.
Not long after Sputnik, the Soviet Union sent the first ever animal into space - Laika the dog.
Space Chimps (2008)
The first monkey in space was American, sadly he suffocated, but lots followed his lead into space between 1948-1961.
The first ever man in outer space was a Russian, Yuri Gagarin, who made the historic trip in 1961.
Space Station 3D (2002)
The first space station, Salyut 1, was launched in April 1971 by the Soviets. But the Mir (Soviet/Russian) space station was the first consistently inhabited long-term research station in space.
The first EVA (Spacewalk) was carried out by Soviet Alexey Leonov on March 18, 1965 from the Voskhod 2 spacecraft.
The first man on the moon. hmm its either an American or no one yet!
Star Trek (2009)
Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner was the first man to jump 24 miles above the Earth, breaking the speed of sound as he returned to Earth.
Space the final frontier. No not really, space is just the first step on a very long journey. There has been a lot of pro-american space travel propaganda in recent movies, I hope this list will remind everyone of the real achievements that have been made by others aside from the USA - and how far everyone is away from where we all should be in space travel.
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