October 12, 1964 : USSR leads the space race

Introduction

The Soviet Union launches Voskhod 1 into orbit around Earth, with cosmonauts Vladamir Komarov, Konstantin Feoktistov, and Boris Yegorov aboard. Voskhod 1 was the first spacecraft to carry a multi-person crew, and the two-day mission was also the first flight performed without space suits.

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the U.S. space program consistently trailed the Soviet program in space firsts, a pattern that drastically shifted with the triumph of the U.S. lunar program in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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October 12, 1964 : USSR leads the space race

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    2010

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    October 12, 1964 : USSR leads the space race

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  • Access Date

    October 17, 2017

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