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The Space Race


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First Human in Space

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Vostok 1 was the spacecraft that carried Yuri Gagarin, a Russian Cosmonaut, into space. Yuri became the first human in space and won prestige for the Soviet Union throughout the world by doing so.

On the 12th of April in 1961, Yuri Gagarin, a Russian Cosmonaut, climbed aboard the Soviet Union's Vostok spacecraft and became the first human to enter space.  He was applauded as a hero and received many medals from various countries for his historic space flight.  He is quoted by the BBC News while in orbit:

"The earth is blue.  How wonderful.  It is amazing."

Yuri Gagarin will be forever known as the first human to be in space.

  • 12 April 1961

First Human on the Moon

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The Apollo 11 Mission Insignia, featuring a bald eagle.
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On the 21st of July in 1969, Astronaut Neil Armstrong of the United States became the first man to set foot on the moon.  After first being challenged by President John F. Kennedy in 1961 to land a man on the moon and bring him safely back, the United States space program - NASA - had made great strides in order to achieve President Kennedy's challenge.  They reached a major part of their goal on the day that Neil Armstrong set his foot on the moon.

  • 21 July 1969


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A famous photograph taken by the crew members of Apollo 17.
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A few of the photographs from the Space Race Era that have found a place in history.

Contributor: jwalgren
Created: December 4, 2008 · Modified: March 19, 2014

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