The First Man in Space
Constant Wonder - Radio Archive, Episode 992 , Segment 1
Episode: The First Man in Space
- May 6, 2021 7:00 pm
- 39:49 mins
Failure and success on the US side of the space race was openly advertised, while the secret of the first Soviet man in space was kept so well that his own family had to find out on the radio while it was happening. It was only years later, after the fall of the Soviet Union, that the world found out how close to catastrophe the pilot really came. Guest: Stephen Walker, author of "Beyond: The Astonishing Story of the First Human to Leave Our Planet and Journey into Space"