not really. we pretty much went at full steam. A hand full of satellites to prove that those work, a hand full of dogs and straight to humans.
Once humans got to space we started hitting one breakthrough after another. First to sleep in space, first to eat, first to poop.
The first space walk was done in this:
a fabric curtain sticking out of a metal ball barely big enough to fit two people.
After Soviets stopped bothering to go to space, the race turned in to a slow crawl with barely any advancement. We still have to hitch rides on rockets that are practically identical to the one that got the above ball in to orbit.
Would you even think of using any vehicle from the 1960s?
That's how stagnant the progress has become and the sad thing is, there's no reason why it should be. For a tiny percentage of national funding NASA can get to mars, mine asteroids and build a moon base and it will create new industries, give jobs to Americans... but then America was never big on logic.
But there's still hope! If China ever even hints at going to Mars we'll be rushing to get there and will have the first reality TV show orbiting Mars in three years tops.