The Space Race
Published on 14 Jul 2021

Have you heard of “Space Race”? Manned space mission was not possible until the start of 1960s, when the United States and the Soviet Union began a competition to send people into space and safely return them to Earth.

The Soviet Union came first as they sent the first man, Yuri Gagarin, into outer space on 12 April 1961 on Vostok 1. The US sent their first man, Alan Shepard into space later on 5 May 1961 on Mercury 7.

The Soviet Union also had another first: they sent the first female cosmonaut (Russian used the word cosmonaut instead of astronaut) to space – Valentina Tereshkova flew the spacecraft Vostok 6 and orbited the Earth 48 times in 1963.  The US could only prove itself and get its own first when the Apollo programme sent the first man to the moon in the late 1960s.

As we are now in 2021, hearing news of possible space tourism near the end of the decade with charter flights to space and space hotels on their way, would you be interested in venturing the endless space?