Space Race Hypothesis

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“One small step for man”, these were the words that ended the space race; but was America truly the victor? In 1944 the first V2 streaked towards the city of London, this weapon of war that could have turned the tide of the war in Germanys favor was the first major step towards the space race. Despite having the advantage of long range liquid fueled rockets Germany lost the war. America was the first to find the both the remaining V2’s and the rocket scientist. Within only a month most of equipment was moved to the US leaving very little evidence that the rockets existed for the Russians when they were granted ownership of the land. You would think, “America has the man power and the technology, why was Russia still able to be the first to …show more content…
While the Soviet Union was able to launch a satellite which weighed almost 184 lbs, America was limited to its 31 lb payload. Even with the first manned American launch, the Mercury red stone rocket was only capable of sub-orbital flights while the soviet Vostok sent Gagarin on his famous flight. Though America was waging the cold war along with the space race, the era was also a fight over information. During the U2 spy plane program, one plane was shot down and the pilot was held ransom. This brought both countries to the realization that space espionage may be come required in order to spy on eachother. But America was lousing the race, and still lacked a way to launch a man into orbit. The very break America need was upon them, it was all thanks to a small lunar probe called Luna 1. America was only able to begin to catch up with the Soviet Union when the CIA kidnapped the Lunik probe that was touring the Eastern Bloc as a display of soviet technology. The agents who “borrowed” the probe dismantled and photographed the probe to get a better understanding of the probe and rocket platform. From the information gathered the US was able to determine how powerful the Vostok rocket was and some of its other launch capabilities. With the Gemini programs fruition, only then was Space espionage able to become a reality. A lost bit of history known as the MOL program (Manned Orbital Lab) was Americas Spy station. The program got as far as successfully placing a station in orbit and testing the re-entry capsule, but was unfortunately cut, even the astronauts who were chosen to fly the missions were never publicly revealed until 2005. After the MOL program and Gemini, America and Russia would both push for the moon, although Russia had already populated the lunar surface with probes, but humans are required for the future of space

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