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‘Man in the Moon’: The United States had kept their pledge to their dead president and became the first nation to put human beings on the surface of the moon. Their only real competition had been the Soviet Union. While having the political will and the technical capabilities to perform such a feat, it seems that fate rather than skill or money was the contributing factor that saw the US on the moon before the Russians. A series of launch vehicle failures stalled their attempts, rather like America’s 11 Apollo missions.