The Cold War happened after World War II when the United States wanted to fight for democracy and Russia wanted to fight for communism. This made the two sides enemies even though they didn't have a physical war.
The Russians launched Sputnik into space and had the lead in the Space Race. They are trying to send people but have only gotten a chimpanzee so far. On May 25, 1961 president Kennedy made a speech stating that we would put a man on the moon by the end of the decade. and not because it was easy but because it would be hard.
Frist man on the moon
"That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind"
After the Russians took the lead the United States Gave NASA the task of pushing us into space and becoming the first nation on the moon. (National Aeronautics Space Administration) July 20, 1958
NASA launched Apollo 11 with Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, on july 16, 1969 from Cape Kennedy, Florida.
Apollo 11 landed on the moon July 20 1969. making Neil Armstrong the first man to ever walk on the moon. The Russians never brought people to the moon but they did send robots to collect soil and rock samples.