The cold war was a time period that led to the golden age of scientific funding, exploration and discovery. The space race ensured that time limits were set and met.
On July 21, 1969, half a billion people listened to Neil Armstrong say the most famous words uttered by a human being in space: "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind".
Aspiring American astronauts better learn some foreign languages fast, if they want to hitch a ride to space.
Spasiba and dosvidaniya, STS-135