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Soviets Launch Sputnik

A news report announces the Soviet Union's successful launch on October 4, 1957, of the world's first satellite, marking the start of the space race between the U.S. and the USSR.

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  • Soviets Launch Sputnik
    Soviets Launch Sputnik

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    A news report announces the Soviet Union's successful launch on October 4, 1957, of the world's first satellite, marking the start of the space race between the U.S. and the USSR.

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  • The First Space Flight by a Woman
    The First Space Flight by a Woman

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    Radio Moscow announces the historic flight of the first woman in outer space. On June 16, 1963, aboard Vostok 6, Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova completed 48 orbits of Earth in 71 hours.

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  • U.S. and Soviets Link Up in Space
    U.S. and Soviets Link Up in Space

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    U.N. Secretary General Kurt Waldheim congratulates the American and Soviet astronauts for the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. On July 17, 1975, Commanders Thomas P. Safford and Aleksei Leonov shook hands in space.

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  • Yuri Gagarin Is First Man in Space
    Yuri Gagarin Is First Man in Space

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    On April 12, 1961, aboard the spacecraft Vostok 1, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to travel into space. A melodramatic telling details Gagarin's historic flight.

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  • USSR Lands First Lunar Spacecraft
    USSR Lands First Lunar Spacecraft

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    On February 3, 1966, the unmanned Russian spacecraft Luna 9 touched down on the Ocean of Storms, and marked Russia's lead in the space race.

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    Space Race: Cold War Front

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