1957 Rocket Launch Recap

Our roundup of all the launches that happened in 1957, along with key stats, trends and info. You can learn more about our data, and how we present it here.

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Total Launches


Successful Launches


Failed Launches


Success Rate


Humans launched to space

Notable 1957 Achievements

🛰️ First man-made satellite in Earth orbit
📡 First man-made signals received from space
🐕 First animal in Earth orbit

How 1957 Compares to Previous Years

There were 2 successful launch attempts in 1957 and 1 failed launch attempts. These figures include test/development launches, which are more prone to failure.

Rocket Launches by Year

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Launches by Nation in 1957

In 1957, companies and agencies from 2 Nations attempted launches. These Nations were Russia (2 launches) and the United States (1 launch).

Total Rocket Launches by Nation in 1957

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Launches by Launch Service Providers in 1957

2 Launch Service Providers completed launches in 1957. These were Soviet Space Program (2 launches) and US Navy (1 launch).

Top Space Launch Service Providers in 1957 by total launch count

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Launches by Launch Vehicle in 1957

2 different Launch Vehicles launched off in 1957. These were the Sputnik 8K74PS (2 launches) and Vanguard (1 launch) launch vehicles.

Top Launch Vehicles in 1957 by total launch count

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Launches by Launch Sites in 1957

Rockets launched from 2 Launch Sites in 1957. These launch sites were Baikonur Cosmodrome (2 launches) and Cape Canaveral Space Force Station (1 launch).

Top Launch Sites in 1957

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Where we launched to in 1957

We launched off to 1 location beyond earth in 1957 (including flybys), with missions to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) (3 launches).

Top Launch Destinations in 1957

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