Race For Survival, spans 1959-1961. Both the Americans and Soviets are planning manned space flight, and we see both sides preparing to do so with the development of the Vostok programme (Russia) and Project Mercury (USA). After difficulties and failures on both sides, the Soviets succeed in putting Yuri Gagarin into space first, with the Americans putting Alan Shepard up shortly afterwards. Written by
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Gagarin is shown (at 36min 20sec) walking around and being filmed with the shoulder part of his space helmet sitting over his flight suit. Contemporary images show that the helmet was usually tucked into the flight suit. See more
You're not convinced, Sergei Pavlovich?
Of this fuel? No. It is the Devil's venom, far too toxic and corrosive.
For a spaceman, maybe. But not for a nuclear warhead. You know, Sergei Pavlovich, imagine if our bullets worked like your rockets, eh? We need a rocket that fires when we pull the trigger.