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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There was no live TV from Europe in 1961, since there were no communications satellites as yet. See more
[Describing the ideal Cosmonaut
The candidate should be around 30. Height below 170 centimeters, weight less than 70 kilos. And most importantly of all, he must be a man... with a broad smile.