Space Race Essay
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”), …show more content…
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.