The first collection of Space Cards is dedicated to the "American side" of the 1960s Space Race, a competition between the Soviet Union and the United States for dominance in space.
The Space Race led to the launch of artificial satellites, un-crewed space probes to the Moon, Venus, Mars, and human spaceflights in Low Earth Orbit and to the Moon.
It started on August 2, 1955, when the Soviet Union responded to the US announcement four days earlier of their intent to launch artificial satellites for the International Geophysical Year, by declaring they would also launch a satellite "in the near future".
The Space Race symbolically ended on July 17, 1975, when the two commanders of the docked spacecrafts Apollo and Soyuz, exchanged the first international handshake in space through the open hatch of the Soyuz.
All the cards in the collection have wonderful pictures on the front and are full of interesting data, highlights and historical information on the back together with the mission patches.
This first set of wonderful 42 collectible space cards includes:
4 Project Cards
5 Rocket Cards
6 Mercury Cards
10 Gemini Cards
11 Apollo Cards
3 Skylab Cards
1 Apollo-Soyuz Card
2 Extra Cards