The first to launch of a man-made satellite was from the Soviet Union. The first satellite was "called Sputnik".
Two ways the Americans and Soviets fought a battle without weapons is that they tried to steal allies, they refused to cooperate, and they called each other names. This war was called, "the Cold War".
Americans were frightened because when they heard about the two Sputnik satellited, and realized that the Soviets had better space technology.
On April 12, 1961 the first man to go into space was "Yuri Gagarin" from the Soviet Union.
"Apollo 11" was the first American spaceship landed on the moon in 1969.
The first man to walk on the moon was "Neil Armstrong". When he took he took his first step, he said, "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind".
"That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind".