The Soviets won the next round by sending the first man into space. In April, a man named Yuri Gargain was the first man to orbit Earth in the spacecraft named Vostok I. Three weeks later, US launched the Freedom 7 and Alan Shepherd became the first American in space. However, this craft was not able to orbit Earth. It was a year later, in February 20, 1962, that the first American John Glenn was able to orbit Earth the Friendship 7 spacecraft.