Space Race

United States vs Soviets

Sputnik

The Soviets launching of the satellite Sputnik was the event that really kick started the space race. Sputnik was the first artificial satellite therefore they had beaten us into space.

First Human in space

Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human in space but shortly after that the United Sates sent Alan Shepherd into space just one month after. So, similar to Sputnik, the Soviets were slightly ahead of the United States but in competition the United Staes were not far behind.

Parallels to the Cold War

Paralells

The space race was in many ways similar to the Cold War. It as the United States and Russia competing to be the top/best at certain things. In the Cold war part of it was us and them developing and testing bombs and other weapons to be the premier of weapon technology and to be the greatest world power. In the Space race it was a competition to be the premier in space travel and exploration.