Timeline #7 1959: Luna 2 became the first man-made object to make contact with the Moon when it successfullycrashed into the Lunar surface. At this point the Soviets was well and truly ‘winning’ the Space Race.
Launched into space on 12 September 1959. LUNA 2, (Russian Луна-2) - also known as Luna E-1A No. 2 - was the first spacecraft to reach the surface of the Moon, becoming the first man-made object to reach another celestial body.