1 the 20 minutes that Alan Shepard was climbing up the atmosphere to reach space you could see the rocket climb up further and further up until he reached space. As he came back down he lost connection from the command until he reconnected and landed
2 it would be scary and kinda exotic to be the first one in space. You don't really know what's going to happen.
3 The USA sent a monkey named "Ham" into space before they sent a human
4 the country that sent the first astronaut/ cosmonaut is Russia.