Starting in 1960 with the Mercury program that paved the way for Gemini, Apollo, the space shuttles and Skylab missions. In hot pursuit of the Russians who had already put a man into space, NASA launched America's first man in space. The race to the moon was on!
The eagle has landed and America wins the race to put the first man on the moon. The Gemini 8 mission is aborted and a hasty return to earth followed, the Skylab mission shows what the future holds. Apollo 13 tempered the glorification of space travel - the real story of how human spirit and ingenuity saved the crew and the mission from ending in tragedy.
As the 60's ended the Apollo mission program completes its detailed exploration of the moon. Back on earth it was the Soviet-American space agreement that led to the world's two 'superpowers' collaborating to expedite the exploration of outer-space. The beginning of this new era saw the first Apollo-Soyuz mission in 1972.
The successful launch of the Space Shuttle program showed the way forward for the future colonization of outer-space. The first reusable fixed-wing spacecraft to go into orbit and the first spacecraft to make its maiden voyage with astronauts aboard!
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