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Timeline of Space Exploration




2021 April 19

NASA, United States

Ingenuity

First test of powered flight on another planet



2020 May 30

SpaceX, United States

SpaceX Demo-2

First orbital human spaceflight launched by a private company



2019 April 10

NASA, United States

Event Horizon Telescope

First direct photograph of a black hole and its vicinity



2019 January 3

CNSA, China

Chang'e 4

First soft landing on the far side of the Moon; also first germination of seeds on another celestial body



2019 January 1

NASA, United States

New Horizons

First contact binary explored by spacecraft (486958 Arrokoth)



2018 September 21

JAXA, Japan

Hayabusa2

First operational rover on asteroid (162173 Ryugu)



2017 October 19

Haleakalā Observatory, United States

Oumuamua

First known interstellar object detected passing through the Solar System



2015 December 21

SpaceX, United States

Falcon 9 first-stage landing tests

First propulsive landing of an orbital rocket



2015 November 23

Blue Origin, United States

New Shepard 2

First propulsive landing of a rocket after sending something into space (suborbital)