Space travel firsts in history

L-R Apollo 11 astronauts Commander Neil A. Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin E. 'Buzz' Aldrin Jr., inside the Mobile Quarantine Facility with President Richard M. Nixon (R) Photo: EPA / NASA
A photograph released by Bezos Expeditions on 21 March 2013 reportedly shows a thrust chamber from the Saturn V rocket F-1 engine that launched the Apollo 11 mission, Man's first trip to the moon. Photo: EPA / BEZOS EXPEDITIONS
South African internet millionaire Mark Shuttleworth, the first to visit space, gives the thumbs up inside the Soyuz capsule after landing in the Khazak steppe near Arkalyk, Sunday 05 May 2002. Photo: EPA PHOTO POOL REUTERS / MIKHAIL GRACHYEV
Former Spacelab D1 astronauts Bonnie J. Dunbar, Guion S. Bluford, commander Henry W. Hartsfield Jr., Steven R. Nagel and Ernst Messerschmid at the EADS Astrium centre in Bremen, Germany, 27 October 2010. Photo: EPA / INGO WAGNER
Retired Soviet cosmonaut and the first woman to have flown in space, Valentina Tereshkova, during a press conference at the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) in Vienna, Austria, 13 June 2013. Photo: EPA / ROLAND SCHLAGER

JOHANNESBURG - Italian air force captain Samantha Cristoforetti, 37 this week became the first Italian woman in space as well as the first person in space travel history to drink an Italian espresso in orbit.

eNCA has compiled a list of five historical space travel events that have made it possible for humans to not only conquer the outer limits but also take along a few delicacies.

5 – The first African in space

Mark Shuttleworth the founder of the Ubuntu project became the first African to visit space in April 2002 when he visited the International Space Station as the world’s second ever space tourist

4 – The first woman in space

Engineer Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman and civilian to fly into space after being selected from hundreds of applicants to pilot Vostok 6 in June 1963. Tereshkova was then also made an only honorary inductee into the Soviet Air Force.

3 – The first black astronaut in space

US Air Force Colonel, Engineer and NASA astronaut, Guion S. Bluford, became the first African American in space when he was part of space shuttle flights between 1983 and 1992.

2 The Saturn V first and largest manned vehicle to be launched into space.

American manned expendable rocket The Saturn V, in operation between 1966 and 1973 was the first rocket completely developed for human space exploration. It was launched 13 times without loss of crew or payload.

1 - Footsteps on the moon

American astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the Moon.

On the Moon Landing mission, Armstrong uttered the now famous words “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”, before setting foot onto the moon’s surface. He along with fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin, two explored on the surface of the moon for up to 3 hours.




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