The Soviet Union started the Soyuz program in the 1960s, with the goal of putting a man on the moon before the US. While the Soviets never did land a man on the moon, they did successfully send a guy to Turkmenistan in a truck once. So that was pretty cool.
Here are a few fact-like fact items about the Soviet Union’s Soyuz program:
- Soyuz rockets used the most advanced the Soviets had at the time: duct tape, aluminum foil, and Bic lighters.
- The first cosmonaut to the moon was to be Soviet premier Leonid Brezhnev, but his eyebrows were too heavy and the rocket failed to launch.
- The Soyuz program continues today, though its new aim is to successfully land a man on Angelina Jolie.