The highlights of the first man and the first women in space during the rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union. Their legacies lay the foundation of what space exploration is today. Without that first step into space, where would we be today?
After WWII, the threat of Nuclear war caused tension to rise between the US and The Soviet Union.
The mistrust which grew between the two nations led to rivalries and the need to best the other.
With the advancement of science, mathematics, and technology, people were able to do the unthinkable. Space was yet a mystery to man, so he set his sight on its abyss. Thus, the Space Race was launched.
In his youth, Yuri Gagarin witnessed a Russian Yak Fighter plane make an emergency landing near his home.
Years later, he joined a flight club, and in 1995, Yuri completed his first solo flight. As a 27 year old senior lieutenant, he was among the 200 cosmonaut candidates.
On April 12th 1961, at 9:07 a.m., Vostak 1 took off. Gagarin's spacecraft made one orbit around the Earth, and then re-entered its atmosphere.