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...during the Second World War had designed and built the V2 rockets, helped the Americans in their rocket development. On 12 September 1962, President John Kennedy made a speech declaring that NASA should achieve the goal of landing a man on the moon ... Komarov died during re-entry when his parachute failed to open. NASA gained ground in December 1968 when the crew of Apollo 8 were the first to orbit around the moon. As NASA was preparing to land on the moon with Apollo 11 in July 1969, the Russians ... were attempting an unmanned landing to collect samples, unfortunately their rocket crashed. Once NASA had achieved the moon landing public opinion influenced NASA to cancel Apollo 18, 19 and 20. Apollo 18 was modified as a space station called Skylab.