The Space Race : The Soviet Union And The United States Of America

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The space race was a competition between the Soviet Union and the United States of America to see who could go to the moon first. The need for space exploration came out of the cold war between the Soviet Union and The United States of America. The cold war started after world war two around the late 1950’s, it was mainly about the capitalist world against the communist world of Russia (The Space Race). The space race brought great technological advances in the world between the Soviet Union and the United States of America. On October 4th, 1957 the Soviet Union was the first country to send out the first artificial satellite into space. The satellite was called sputnik; which means traveler in Russian (The Space Race). Once the United States found out that the Russians already sent a satellite into space, it was a rude awakening. Since the Russians have advanced their missiles at such a fast pace, Americans feared a nuclear war and losing to Russia in the space race. This is why the United States of America eventually sent their own artificial satellite into space a year after the Soviet Union was able to send out the first satellite.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, also known as NASA, was created by the U.S. in order to make great advances to get to space. NASA was developed in 1958 and approved by Dwight Eisenhower. This organization had one main goal: to send the first men into space. This was very problematic because it seemed that we were so…

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