At the end of world war II the U.s and the Russians realised how important rockets are for military research. They both thought they were going to make to first into space with there rockets
4 October 1957
The race first was to get a satellite into orbit in 4th of October this event happened. The Americans were behind in the race after launching there first one 4 months later.
2nd Victory by the Russians
12 April 1961
4 years after the Russians launched there satellite into space they launched there first person into space Yuri Gagarin in the spacecraft Vostok orbiting earth.
Sprint to the MOOON
20 February 1962
The Americans were embarrassed for losing twice against the Russians and were unhappy with there result. and in 1962 the Legendary Apollo missions launch
21 February 1962
At the time of the launch of the Apollo missions they launched the Gemming project to help with technology for the Apollo missions
21 December 1968
After 8 missions one was a big important wan before the first man landing onto the moon is the first orbit around the moon. It was interesting because they used the moons gravitational pull to be slingshotted back to earth.