A Political History of Apollo

A Political History of Apollo Episode 2 - The Soviet Moonshot

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Asif Siddiqi

Professor of History for Fordham University

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Casey Dreier

Chief Advocate & Senior Space Policy Adviser for The Planetary Society

The Soviet space program launched the first artificial satellite, the first man, and the first woman into space. Soviet cosmonauts performed the first spacewalk and piloted the first two-person spacecraft. But it was the United States that placed the first humans on the surface of the Moon. What happened? Dr. Asif Siddiqi, author of Challenge to Apollo: The Soviet Union and the Space Race (PDF Download), helps answer that question.