One million people from all over Florida, gather around Cape Kennedy, to watch the Saturn 5 Rocket blast off into space to set a “New era of Civilization” Quoted by Vice President Spiro Agnew as he was watching the launch of apollo 11. Three soon to be famous heros blast off into the clear afternoon sky. Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin. All three of them set off into space as we sat and watched Neil Armstrong, and Buzz Aldrin step on the moon for the first time. “In 1959, the Soviet space program took another step forward with the launch of Luna 2, the first space probe to hit the moon. In April 1961, the Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first person to orbit Earth, traveling in the capsule-like spacecraft
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They believed being the first Nation to know what reality was in space, that they would always be the country known for first exploring the never ending darkness outside earth which we call space. Now that the Soviet Union is no longer around, if there were to be another space race, there a great chance it would be between the United States and China, and they would be going to places mankind has never been before.
The Selection of the astronauts was both crucial to America and to making sure NASA had picked the right men to reach the moon safely and rapidly. They first narrowed down the list by picking people who have flown before and who have done noticeably outstanding in their flying experiences. If not all, the majority of their picks came from the Air Force, or the Navy. Coming out of the Air Force in 1963, Michael Collins became one of the third group of astronauts named by NASA. He served as a pilot on the three-day Gemini X mission, launched July 18, 1966. During this mission, he set a world altitude record and became the nation’s third spacewalker while completing two extravehicular activities. Neil Armstrong transferred to astronaut status in 1962, one of nine NASA astronauts in the second class to be chosen. He moved to El Lago, Texas, near Houston's Manned Spacecraft Center, to begin his astronaut training. There he underwent four