And look at all the space firsts America had, definetly better then the totalitarian USSR: First artificial earth satellite: Sputnik. ... First animals to successfully orbit the earth: Belka and Strelka. ... First on the moon: Luna 2 probe. ... First man in space: Yuri Gagarin. ... First woman in space: Valentina Tereshkova. ... First spacewalk: Alexei Leonov. ... First remote-controlled rover on another celestial body: Lunokhod 1. Oh no.... Wait a second!