The space race was a mission all country's were trying to get to space and then they started trying to orbit the Earth. The first country to go into space was Russia so they one but JFK had a mission right after the space race his mission was to go to the moon. The first Apollo 1 mission wasn't to land on the moon but to orbit it . Although Apollo 8 could've landed they decided not to . They were making practice runs and finally sent Apollo 11non the moon and landed. My faviorte part of the movie was seeing them put the flag in the moon I thought it was cool that they put the USA flag on the moon.