The Discovery Of The Space Race Essay

1499 Words Jan 26th, 2015 6 Pages
After World War II, America and other countries became interested in technology advancement and stayed away from war as much as possible. When rumors spread that countries are making nuclear bombs, everyone wanted to be informed if it 's true or not. Then, America came up with the idea of the satellite. This way, countries could watch and see what others are doing. The only problem was, it would have to go into Earths orbit.Which led to many other ideas. Such as going to the moon. When the Soviets heard about this, they were angered of the thought of a satellite. With the equipment to put objects in space, you could launch missiles to the other side of Earth and take out any country in sight. Instead of destroying everything and everyone you could use the technology for the greater good. The Soviets surprised everyone when they were quick to put an object in earths orbit. This was the beginning of a friendly competition. The Space Race. This helped show America all the possibilities and technological advancements that could be done.

Soviets jumped out the gate quick as the space race began. "On October 4, 1957, a Soviet R-7 intercontinental ballistic missile launched Sputnik (Russian for “traveler”), the world’s first artificial satellite and the first man-made object to be placed into the Earth’s orbit." ( "The Space Race" history.com staff)About a month later, the Soviets put another craft into space. This time with a passenger aboard. A dog named Laika. The president…

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