The United States And The Soviet Union Essay

1500 Words Jun 4th, 2016 6 Pages
“One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” This quote by Neil Armstrong marked the end of the Space Race. The space race was a competition between the United States and the Soviet Union to see who could land a man on the moon first. It originally began as an arms race to build destructive missiles. But over the years, the main objective has changed. Even though the competition lasted a little more than a decade, it led to major contributions to the exploration of space.
After World War II came to an end, the United States and the Soviet Union emerged as superpowers. The two countries began to compete against each other because of their different ideals, especially their views on democracy and communism. There was a lot of political and economic conflicts and military tensions during this time. As they continued to dispute with one another, their clashes grew more and more intense. This became known as the Cold War. Beginning in the 1950s, the United States and the Soviet Union began to take their competition to the next level: space. As both countries showed off their superior technology and military power, they set the stage for further exploration and research of our solar system, and the rest of the universe. (History.com)
The space race began in 1955 when the Soviet Union and the United States publicly declared that they would launch a satellite into space by the year 1957. On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched its first satellite into Earth’s…

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