According to the New Mexico Space Museum, Virgil "Gus" Grissom was the first man to travel into space twice. Unfortunately, before his third journey into space, he was killed in the Apollo 1 fire on January 27, 1967.Know More
Gus Grissom was the pilot of Liberty Bell 7 atop Mercury-Redstone 4 on July 21, 1961. He returned to space in Gemini 3 on March 23, 1965. He was the prime choice of NASA program directors to be the first man on the moon before his death in the Apollo 1 accident.
The first woman to travel to space twice was the cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya, who flew missions to the Salyut 7 space station in August 1982 and July 1984.Learn more about Space Travel
The first rocket to go into space was created by a team of German scientists, led by Wernher von Braun. It was a V-2 rocket used by Germany in World War II. Von Braun and many important members of his team had surrendered to the United States.Full Answer >
On Oct. 14, 1947, Chuck Yeager became the first person to break the sound barrier. He flew a Bell X-1 rocket-plane, which was deployed over Rogers Dry Lake in southern California.Full Answer >
The first man to sail around the world was Ferdinand Magellan. Magellan was born in Portugal and worked for King Charles I of Spain in an attempt to find a shorter route to the Spice Islands. Spices were in great demand at the time because of the extra boost they gave to meat.Full Answer >
Judeo Christian religions believe that Adam was the first man on Earth and was created in man's present form by God, though scientists believe the first man on Earth actually evolved a couple hundred thousand years earlier.Full Answer >