Stories of space exploration, as told by the people who were there
Apollo 11's journey seen from Mission Control
The Russian stray was the first dog to be sent into orbit around the earth
The USA sent two monkeys into space and brought them back alive for the first time
The first man in space became a hero and a poster boy for Soviet achievement
The Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman to be sent into space
How the first mission to orbit the Moon captured the world's imagination in December 1968
In July 1969, Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong took the first steps on the Moon.
Fred Haise, one of the Apollo 13 astronauts, describes the moment disaster struck in 1970
It is more than 30 years since the launch of the first space shuttle
On 28 January 1986 The Challenger space shuttle launch went horribly wrong
Bob Cabana and Sergei Krikalev were the first on board the International Space Station.
When it began sending images back to Nasa they were out of focus - Mike Weiss fixed it
Michael Foale was on board the Mir space station when a resupply vessel crashed into it
In April 2001 an American multi-millionaire paid Russia to send him into space
The US space shuttle disintegrated on its way back to Earth on February 1, 2003.
On Christmas Day 2003, a British space craft was due to land on Mars to look for life