Space

In pictures: the history of space travel

Humans have been travelling to space for 60 years. Image: Unsplash/Andy Holmes

Douglas Broom

Senior Writer, Formative Content

Share:

Our Impact
The Big Picture
Explore and monitor how Space is affecting economies, industries and global issues
Crowdsource Innovation
Get involved with our crowdsourced digital platform to deliver impact at scale

Stay up to date:

Space

Have you read?

Six ways space technologies benefit life on Earth. Image: World Economic Forum
Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to fly in space. Image: Arto Jousi/Wikimedia Commons
US Air Force captain Robert H Lawrence Jnr was chosen as the nation’s first African American astronaut in 1967. Image: NASA/Flickr
In 1965, Ed White became the first American to walk in space. Image: NASA/Flickr
“That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” - Neil Armstrong Image: NASA/Flickr
The Apollo 11 astronauts were the first to see this spectacle. Image: NASA/Flickr
A welcome parade for Apollo 11 after their first Moon landing. Image: NASA/Flickr
The US Space Shuttle Atlantis docking with Russia’s Mir space station. Image: NASA/Flickr
The Space Shuttle Challenger explosion resulted in the tragic loss of seven crew members. Image: NASA/Flickr
Mae Jemison - the first Black woman to fly in space on the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Image: NASA Flickr
The Hubble Space Telescope. Image: NASA/Flickr
Two galaxies grazing each other’s orbits. Image: NASA/Flickr
The Space Shuttle Columbia broke when re-entering the earth's atmosphere, killing everyone on board. Image: NASA/Flickr
The International Space Station. Image: NASA/Flickr
NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter was the first powered, controlled flight in any world beyond Earth IN 2021. Image: NASA
The Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft . Image: NASA/Flickr

License and Republishing

World Economic Forum articles may be republished in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Public License, and in accordance with our Terms of Use.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author alone and not the World Economic Forum.

Related topics:

SpaceScienceFourth Industrial Revolution

Share:

Global Agenda

The Agenda Weekly

A weekly update of the most important issues driving the global agenda

Subscribe

You can unsubscribe at any time using the link in our emails. For more details, review our privacy policy.

How 3D-printing rockets and living on Mars could help us back on Earth
About Us
Events
Media
Partners & Members
Language Editions

Privacy Policy & Terms of Service

© 2022 World Economic Forum