Vostok flights continue

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The flight of Yuri Gagarin had an immediate and sobering effect on NASA and its Mercury astronaut corps as the space agency was undergoing final preparations to launch an American into space on a suborbital flight. Not only had the U.S.S.R. comprehensively beaten the United States into space, but the manned orbital flight had already made the suborbital flight seem redundant by comparison. America, it seems, had paid the price for their open policy in announcing future space plans, and while the Soviet Union had run a secretive programme to launch a man into space, all the lead-up signs had also been there to provide significant clues as to their intentions. If dogs could survive orbital flights, then how far away was a manned mission?


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