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
[Watching the Atlas rocket explode
Well, glad we got that one out of the way...