Timeline: 1957 - Russia launches Sputnik 1, the first Earth-orbiting artificial satellite. Space race is on. 1959-1963 - Mercury Program - Put a human in orbit around the earth. April 1961 - Russian, Yuri Gagarin, became the first human in outer space and the first to orbit the Earth. May 1961 - President Kennedy's Mission Statement to land a human on the moon. February 20, 1962 - John Glen is the first American in orbit the earth. 1965-66 - Gemini program - Two man spacecraft orbital missions 1962-65 - Construction of launch pads and Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) for the Apollo program. 1967 - First unmanned Apollo flight 1968 - Apollo 8's lunar orbiting mission July 1969 - Apollo 11 makes the first moon landing 1972 - Apollo 17 - Last moon mission In these six Apollo spaceflights, 12 men walked on the Moon. Apollo 13 was aborted following an oxygen tank rupture. 1981 - First Space Shuttle LaunchCost of Apollo Program (ballpark estimate):
$25.4 Billion (1969 dollars)
The space shuttle's workforce was about 15,750 in 2005.
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