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Volume 2: First into space

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Volume 2: First into space

20.00

The Soviet Union had their cosmonauts, the Americans had their Mercury 7 astronauts – but who would make it into space first? The answer came in April 1961, when Yuri Gagarin piloted his Vostok spacecraft on a 108-minute flight around the globe. The irony was that Vostok’s builders had had an uphill struggle to get funding for their ambitious project in the face of Kremlin indifference. Now, even as Gagarin parachuted back to Earth above the steppes of southern Russia, the Soviet propaganda machine went into full swing: nothing it seemed, could prevent the USA’s Cold War rivals from making the realm of space their own – and there were more surprises to come.

Format: 220 x 280 mm casebound with dust jacket and ribbon, 96 pages 

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The Soviet Union had their cosmonauts, the Americans had their Mercury 7 astronauts – but who would make it into space first? The answer came in April 1961, when Yuri Gagarin piloted his Vostok spacecraft on a 108-minute flight around the globe. The irony was that Vostok’s builders had had an uphill struggle to get funding for their ambitious project in the face of Kremlin indifference. Now, even as Gagarin parachuted back to Earth above the steppes of southern Russia, the Soviet propaganda machine went into full swing: nothing it seemed, could prevent the USA’s Cold War rivals from making the realm of space their own – and there were more surprises to come.

Format: 220 x 280 mm casebound with dust jacket and ribbon, 96 pages