The Space Race

Cold War

The Space Race Begins

In October, 1957, the Soviet Union launched the first satellite, Sputnick, into orbit around Earth. It put America into a scare, not knowing what the satellite was capable of. This is when the Space Race began. US leaders thought if Russia had a powerful enough rocket to launch a satellite, they could launch nuclear and/or atomic bombs. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA, was created in 1958 to bring competing military space programs into one.