The United States launches an aggressive plan to beat the Soviets to the moon.
Did You Know?
In "Can We Do This?" James Webb says that NASA will put the first American in space on May 2, 1961, referring to Alan Shepard's upcoming Freedom 7 flight. When the liftoff of Freedom 7 is shown, the date is listed as May 5, 1961. This may appear to be a mistake, but it is not. Freedom 7 was originally scheduled to launch on May 2, but this was postponed until May 5 because of thunderstorms. See more
The Gemini 8 recovery forces are depicted by a Ticonderoga-class cruiser, which was not commissioned until 1983. In addition, Gemini 8 was recovered by a destroyer, not a cruiser. See more
[Gemini 8 has docked with the Agena Target Vehicle
Flight, we are docked. It's... really a smoothie.
Russian National Anthem
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