In the late 1950's, after the then-Soviet Union launched the first earth satellite, Sputnik, the United States began a race into space. And in the early 1960's, President John F. Kennedy commited the U.S. to a Race to the Moon.
While Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gargarin was the first human being to orbit the Earth, U.S. Navy Commander Alan B.Shepard became the first U.S. astronaut in space, with his 15-minute sub-orbital flight.
From then on, through Project Mercury, Gemini and Apollo, the U.S. manned exploration of space was an exciting '60's adventure that, even through the turmoil of the late '60's, brought Americans together in a common, astounding goal---to land on the Moon.
Apollo 11, in 1969, celebrated the first manned lunar landing -- continuing into the early '70's with several more landings and the almost tragic Apollo 13.
The Apollo Program
The Race Into Space
NASA's Apollo Site
President Kennedy's Speech-AUDIO
HBO / Tom Hanks - Earth to the Moon Series
Moon and the tides
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