Space Race

How does it parallel to the Cold War?

What was the Space Race?

The Space Race was a competition between the United States and The Soviet Union to expand man's knowledge of space and achieve space travel. The Soviets were ahead in the beginning being the first to have a man orbit the earth in 1961. However only 8 years later the United States surpassed the Soviet Union by landing a man on the moon in 1969 and having five more successful landings by 1972. Congress gave NASA billions of dollars to help achieve our goals and we succeeded in our mission.

How did the Space Race parallel to the Cold War?

The Space Race paralleled to the Cold War because it was part of the competition between the Soviet Union and United states just as the Arms Race to build stronger weapons was a part of the Cold War. During the Cold War, each country was trying to be stronger than the other in every way possible but didn't want to actually go to war. The Space Race was part of that with the Soviet Union wanting to be better at Space travel than the United States and vice versa.