The War Between America And The Soviet Union Essay

1255 Words Jun 4th, 2015 6 Pages
For millennia, humans have been looking up to the skies, wondering what is out there in the universe, and thinking about the glory of the moon and stars. During the Cold War between America and the Soviet Union, huge advancements in outer space technology were made, including the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. In 1958, the creation of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA, put America ahead in the space race against the Soviet Union, and set a worldwide standard for space exploration.
The Cold War consisted of many smaller competitions for dominance between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. The space race, however, was perhaps one of the most prominent rivalries of the 21st century.The two nations both began competing for leadership in space technology and science. “History changed on October 4, 1957, when the Soviet Union successfully launched Sputnik I” ("Sputnik and The Dawn"). The United States had been defeated in the first goal of the space race; The Soviets had launched a satellite into orbit before them. America and the rest of the world was astonished, and terrified. Many Americans became fearful of the Soviet Union’s potential to deploy missiles to the United States, which further increased tensions among the two nations. The United States could not stand to lose this challenge, or lose control of outer space. President Eisenhower, on April 2, 1958, finally sent in legislation to congress for the creation of NASA, which officially opened on October 1st…

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