Essay on The Space Race And The World War II

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On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched the first satellite, Sputnik into orbit. From that point on, the United States and the USSR were thrown into a race to see who could get further into space and develop the technology to do so. This became known as the Space Race. In response, to the Sputnik satellite the United States launched Explorer 1 on January 31, 1958 just four months after the Soviets. Soon, both the Soviets and the Americans were launching larger spacecrafts, with animals and eventually humans into space. The Space Race was during a time called the Cold War, the name given to the relationship that developed primarily between the USA and the USSR after World War II(9). Although there was never any fighting the Cold War was a time of tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union. The outcome of the Space Race was splendid; mass amounts of new technology and the capability to travel to space were impacted. The race to space was not solely about space. Although both countries were serious about their commitments to launch satellites, rockets, and humans into orbit, an even more important aspect of the Space Race was the Arms Race. Both the Arms Race and the Space Race were small battles of a larger war, the Cold War. The Cold War was a war of ideology, not military battles. It was also a race of technological discoveries and advancements. It was fought between the United States and the Soviet Union, the two largest world powers after World War II…

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