The Apollo program is a U.S. manned space project founded by NASA to meet the goal of landing humans on the moon by U.S. President John F. Kennedy. Neil Armstrong and fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin did just that when the lunar lander landed on the dust on July 20, 1969. But mankind has never taken the initiative.
It all began with the launch of Sputnik 1 on October 4, 1957, and the USSR sent the first man into space four years later, using Yuri Gagarin’s orbital flight.
But Spark’s ‘What was the value of man going to the moon?’ This was not their first attempt at revealing how the secret files showed up.
The narrator said: “The extent to which the Kremlin interfered with the Soviet space agency is only documented.
“Setting space records took precedence over men’s lives – undermining Sergei Korolev, the head of the Soviet space agency.
“In October 1960, a huge new booster rocket appeared defective and only landed on the launch pad when it was about to land.
“Without taking safety precautions, the Kremlin instructed the launch’s director and engineers to immediately fix the problem and launch the rocket that day.”
And things have gone terribly wrong.
The series explains: “Observing the rocket, including the launch director, more than 1,165 people suddenly flew into a huge ball of fire and instantly killed everyone near the rocket.
“Rumor has it that this was an early-stage effort and the astronauts were on the climb.”
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“He created a single orbit around the earth while flying for about 108 minutes – his spaceship was automatically powered by ground control engineers.
“Another astronaut, Vladimir Ilyushin, the son of the famous Soviet aircraft designer, had previously been rumored to have returned alive from space, but was in a very bad condition.
“Obviously the Soviet authorities felt that they could not present him to the public as a returning hero in such a bad situation.”
Two days before Mr. Gagarin’s inauguration on April 19, 1961, it was claimed that the Soviet Union’s announcement that Mr. Ilyushin was involved in a serious car accident was in fact an orbital error.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NARAD) tracking stations, however, have no record of such launches and no evidence to support the theory.