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Sputnik 1

October 4

2004 SpaceShipOne wins Ansari X Prize, a $10 million prize, for private spaceflight, by being the first private craft to fly into space.

1996 - New Mexico and the Texas panhandle collides with a swarm of cosmic debris. Exactly 104 minutes later a fireball was reported over Bakersfield, California. After careful analysis of a videotape taken from El Paso, Texas, together with eyewitness reports, Mark Boslough of Sandia National Laboratories and Peter Brown of the University of Western Ontario found that the first meteor entered at too steep of an angle to skip off the atmosphere convincing them that the two fireballs observed were two different objects.

1959 - Luna 3 Launch (Soviet Moon Flyby Mission) 

1957 - Sputnik I, the first artificial satellite launched by the Russians. The "space race" had begun. 

1958 - During its annual meeting in Washington, the International Council of Scientific Unions decides to create the COSPAR organization (COommittee on SPAce Research) to continue the cooperative programs of rocket and satellite research successfully undertaken during the International Geophysical Year of 1957-1958. In 2009 COSPAR is a committee of the International Council for Science.
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