The Challenger Crew Were Actually Alive As They Plunged To Earth – And NASA Tried To Conceal It

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A year later, in 1958 America succeeded in sending its own satellite into orbit. That same year, President Dwight D. Eisenhower created the National Aeronautics and Space Administration – which would become known across the globe as NASA. However despite the new space exploration agency, it was once again the Soviets who propelled the Space Race forward.

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In 1959 the U.S.S.R. launched Luna 2, the first spacecraft to reach the Moon. Then, in April 1961 Yuri Gagarin – a Soviet cosmonaut – became the first person sent into orbit. Proving that the U.S. wasn’t too far behind the Soviets, just a month later American Alan Shepard became the first of his countrymen to enter space.

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