The Other Competitor in the Race

  • Pat Norris
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From 1961 to about 1965 the Soviet Union seemed to be ahead of the United States when it came to human spaceflight. Yuri Gagarin established this when he became the first man to orbit Earth (April 1961) followed by the first human to stay in space for 24 hours (August 1961), the first mission involving two spacecraft and two humans (August 1962), the first woman in space and the first 5-day mission (June 1963), the first three-man crew in space (October 1964) and the first spacewalk (March 1965).


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  • Pat Norris
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  1. 1.ByfleetUK

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