Why The Failure Of The Soviet Union In 1961

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On April of 1961, the Soviet Union successfully launched Yuri Gagarin into space, and they became the first nation to accomplish such a feat. However, just one week after the successful mission was announced, John F. Kennedy sent a letter to his vice president asking him to look into America's space program and to write back what he believed NASA was capable of accomplishing if they had a few years to prepare. His vice president wrote back a week later, saying America was capable of launching a man into space, landing him on the moon, and then returning
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