First Humans in Space

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First in Space - Human Beings/Animals

Event Name of the Person Vehicle Date
First animal in spaceLaika, the dogSputnik-203 Nov 1957
First primate in spaceAlbert II, a rhesus monkeyV-214 Jun 1949
First man in spaceMaj Yuri GagarinVostok 112 Apr 1961
First woman in spaceValentina TereshkovaVostok 616 Jun 1963
First person to walk in spaceAlexei LeonovVoskhod 218 Mar 1965
First woman to walk in spaceSvetlana SavitskayaSalyut 725 Jul 1984
First American in spaceAllan ShepardMR-3 (Freedom 7)05 May 1961
First American to orbit the earthJohn GlennFriendship 720 Feb 1962
First man on moonNeil ArmstrongApollo 1120 Jul 1969
First Indian in spaceSqn Ldr Rakesh SharmaSoyuz T-1102 Apr 1984
First US woman in spaceSally RideSTS-7 (Challenger)18 Jun 1983
First space touristDennis TitoSoyuz TM32/3128 Apr 2001
First woman space touristAnousheh AnsariSoyuz TMA918 Sep 2006
First Indian (American) Woman in spaceKalpana ChawlaSpaceship Columbia19 Nov 1997
First Chinese in spaceLt Col Yang LiweiShenzou V15 Oct 2003
First Chinese woman in spaceLiu YangShenzou 916 Jun 2012
First female commander of a space shuttleEileen CollinsDiscovery03 Feb 1995
First female commander of International Space StationPeggy Whitson-October 2007