First Into Space
Early manned missions
By 1961, both America and the Soviet Union were poised to send a man into space – but who would get there first? The answer came in April, when a young cosmonaut named Yuri Gagarin became the first person to orbit the Earth. It was a challenge to American power that could not go unanswered for long. Even as NASA’s Project Mercury launches struggled to keep pace with an increasingly ambitious Vostok program, thoughts in Washington were turning towards a goal that would place victory in the Race for Space beyond the Soviet Union’s reach.
$24.95 Click here and go to item 61B