You can check that Smug Superior American Attitude at the door.
I can remember as far back as kindergarten when people were scared to death because the Russians had launched the Sputnik satellite into space and the Americans had done nothing.
I will be the last person to denigrate Russian technology.
We were so far behind that Eisenhower sent Gary Powers in a U-2 spy plane to spy on the Russians to figure out what their technology was.
You're old enough to remember all this. Unless you have got a selective memory.
I don't have selective memory, it was the Soviet era. Here's a story I've only heard about a couple of years ago.
The CIA's Bold Kidnapping of a Soviet Spacecraft.