Yuri Gagarin's historic space flight (photos)
by CNET News.com | April 12, 2011, 4:10am PDT | Image 10 of 10
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Gagarin was first !!!!!
American psyche bites again ...
But the truth seems to be much more complex and interesting. Not delving on the many other space "firsts" by the russians, lets just remind the little fanfared fact that while Americans struggled to score their significant "first" - the human landing on moon, soviets worked on new liquid fuel booster engine design. This new design was 25% more efficient. The immature engine design caused soviets some more spectacular rockets explosions, setting their space program back, letting americans to "win" the moon.
The design was perfected over the time and that's the engine that powers the NASA missions today.
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