Space Race Essay

583 Words Oct 11th, 2015 3 Pages
Ryan Einspahr
HIST101
Individual Project
4/13/2015

The Space Race After World War II the two most powerful nations began a battle between each other known as the Cold War. According to History.com Staff (2010) “The two nations, The United States, and the Communist Soviet Union sought to prove superiority over one another through technology, its military firepower and - by extension - its political-economic system.” The Space Race lasted from the late 1950’s through the early ‘70’s with both countries making giant leaps into the realms of space we had yet to explore and discover.
According to History.com Staff (2010) “On October 4, 1957, a Soviet R-7 intercontinental ballistic missile launched Sputnik (Russian for “traveler”),
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Kennedy made a bold public statement that the United States would land a man on the moon before the end of the decade. The Apollo missions were the start of what ultimately would land men on the moon for the first time in history. The most famous of these missions was Apollo 11. Manned by Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, and Michael Collins, the feat of landing a man on the moon became a reality on July 20th 1969. After successfully landing, Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk the moon, unofficially defeating the Soviets in the space race by doing what was once thought impossible.
With the help of the television and radio the world was captivated by all of the feats accomplished by both sides during the Space Race. Americans looked to these astronauts as hero’s and helped inspire Americans to believe anything is possible if you put your mind to it. The Space Race and the moon landings were very important parts of American history and helped dawn a new exploration into what we know as outer space.

References: History.com Staff, History.com, 2010, The Space Race, A+E Networks, http://www.history.com/topics/space-race Ludwig, George H. "Cosmic- Ray Instrumentation in the First U.S. Earth Satellite" The Review of Scientific Instruments, Volume 30, Number 4, April 1959.

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