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During the Cold War, the Soviet Union and the United States were locked in a race for supremacy in space. The Soviets had already put Yuri Gagarin into orbit and soon the Americans would send their first man into space. But what happens when the space race turns hot?
In the early 1960s, the Soviets successfully launched the first man into space. Americans were determined to match that achievement and made their first manned spaceflight in 1961. These were the years when the Cold War turned hot, and the competition between the USA and the Soviet Union for supremacy in space became very intense. Within a few years, both superpowers had built a tense rivalry to dominate the sky. The U.S. had sent the first man into orbit earlier, but the Soviet Union had a head start. The Soviet spacecraft was designed specifically to accommodate a pilot inside. The Americans decided to try to outdo the Soviets by sending their first two men into orbit, John Glenn and Alan Shepard in 1961. Both times, the missions failed. Glenn’s only lasted nine minutes, and Alan Shepard’s, 33 minutes. The flight of John Glenn marked the first time that America’s prestige ever hit a low point in the 20th century.
The U.S. had planned to have another human in orbit before the end of the decade, but political considerations led them to delay the program. A few months later, in 1963, an attempted launch of an American manned space capsule, the Redstone, failed. In 1968, a lunar landing program was established, however, by that time the Soviets had already put man into orbit. The Soviets were working on a huge project that would lead to the first landing on the moon.
The Americans had planned to have another human in orbit before the end of the decade, but political considerations led them to delay the program. A few months later, in 1963, an attempted launch of an American manned space capsule, the Redstone, failed. In 1968, a lunar landing program was established, however, by that time the Soviets had already put man into orbit.
The first Chinese space mission took place in 2003. A Shenzhou-5 mission landed a man in orbit and a monkey in a capsule, but could not carry a woman into space. In 2007, the Shenzhou-6 mission sent China's first female astronaut into orbit, and in 2009, the Shenzhou-7 carried the nation's first woman into orbit and, as a demonstration of its ability to handle space flights, landed a person. The Shenzhou-9 was launched in 2011 and landed in 2012, but it was not manned. In 2013, China launched a domestic Shenzhou-10 and landed it. A little more than a year later, China launched its first manned Shenzhou-11 and landed that capsule in April.
The astronauts and cosmonauts were all looking forward to the launch. However, for the first time since the beginning of the space program in 1961, that outlook was not positive. The cosmonauts and astronauts have all been to the launch pad, but this time it was the launch pad itself that was in question. There was the possibility that the launch pad would be damaged. The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, sent a team of experts to the launch pad to make sure that there were no leaks from the launch pad. 827ec27edc