Published at LXer:
Forty-four years ago, John Hershel Glenn Jr. is successfully launched into space aboard the Friendship 7 spacecraft on the first orbital flight by an American astronaut. Russia had already sent two cosmonauts into orbit at this time. In the many following years Russian and America race each other for space superiority. Much later Russia and America have finally started cooperating in Earth's adventures into space. Competition is good, but collaboration can by so much better.