For many years, the USA and USSR were in a race to conquer space. In 1957, Russia sent Sputnik, the first artificial satellite, into space. President Kennedy responded by promising to send an American to the Moon. Eventually the two nations decided to end the Cold War and work together and, in 1981, the space shuttle Columbia was launched.
This clip could help the children to create their own timeline identifying major developments in space travel. The children could create spoof newspaper reports on the race to space between USA and USSR. Pupils could write diaries pretending to be astronauts going to space, describing the events and feelings. It may also inspire research projects on the first astronauts that travelled to space.