Welcome to TheSpaceRace.com, a website dedicated to the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo space programs.

This site is intended to be a reference for people learning about space history, whether they are students or just space enthusiasts.

You will find information about the manned missions to Earth orbit and the Moon during the 1960’s and 1970’s in the Encyclopedia. In the Multimedia archives you will have access to many photographs, audio recordings, and videos.

The sites content was limited to the earlier American space programs for two reasons. The first reason is that it is the era of space exploration that interests me the most. The second reason is that the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs have ended while the Shuttle and Space Station are still active programs and it would be too hard for me to keep the site up to date. I hope to add information about the Soviet space programs in the future.

Please feel free to Contact Us if you have any comments or questions about the site. We also welcome corrections if you find an error on any of our pages.


Neil Armstrong (1930 – 2012)

Posted on: August 25, 2012 by Kelly Jones

From NASA:

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, has died. He was 82.

His family has released the following statement:

“We are heartbroken to share the news that Neil Armstrong has passed away following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures.

Neil was our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.

Neil Armstrong was also a reluctant American hero who always believed he was just doing his job. He served his Nation proudly, as a navy fighter pilot, test pilot, and astronaut. He also found success back home in his native Ohio in business and academia, and became a community leader in Cincinnati.

He remained an advocate of aviation and exploration throughout his life and never lost his boyhood wonder of these pursuits.

As much as Neil cherished his privacy, he always appreciated the expressions of good will from people around the world and from all walks of life.

While we mourn the loss of a very good man, we also celebrate his remarkable life and hope that it serves as an example to young people around the world to work hard to make their dreams come true, to be willing to explore and push the limits, and to selflessly serve a cause greater than themselves.

For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.”

The family will be providing further updates at www.neilarmstronginfo.com.

Apollo 11 command module pilot Michael Collins said simply, “He was the best, and I will miss him terribly.”

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Yuri Gagarin / STS-1 Anniversaries

Posted on: April 12, 2011 by Kelly Jones

As you know, April 12, 2011 is the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin becoming the first human in space.

First Orbit is a film that recreates in real-time Gagarin’s first orbit using footage from the International Space Station. It’s a great video, check it out.

Today is also the 30th anniversary of STS-1, the first flight of a Space Shuttle. Astronauts John Young and Robert Crippen flew Space Shuttle “Columbia” for two days before landing at Edward’s Air Force Base in California.