Fifty years ago this April, Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space, orbiting the planet once in a 108-minute flight. A new film set to premiere on the anniversary of Vostok 1’s voyage aims to recreate what he saw.
ESA astronaut Pablo Nespoli and British filmmaker Christopher Riley made a new film, “First Orbit,” splicing together archival footage and audio from Gagarin’s flight with HD video shot from the cupola window on the International Space Station.
1958 National Aeronautics and Space Act establishes NASA.
1961 Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first
human in space. A month later, Alan Shepard becomes the
first American in space.
Kennedy vows to land
Americans on the moon.
1962 John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit Earth. Mariner 1, America's first
attempt at an interplanetary spacecraft, ends up at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.
1965 Mariner 4 flies past Mars, sending back the first images of the Red Planet's surface.