The Munich air crash killed 21 people, including 7 Manchester United players when theire plane crashed in Munich, Germany.
The Americans launched their own satellite, 'Explorer 1', into orbit around the earth. It carried scientific equipment that lead to the discovery of the Van Allen radiation belt. They also launched two other satellites, Explorer 2 and Pioneer.
In addition, NASA is formed, which is the organisation that eventually led to the moon landing in 1969.
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Pioneer one reached an impressive height of 70,700 miles!
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