The Space Race

All about it, and how it parallels to the Cold War

What was the Space Race?

The Space Race was a competition between the Soviet Union and the United States of America for dominance in Space Travel Advancement. This was similar to the Cold War, in the way that the Cold War was fought between the Soviet Union and the US also. Both sides wanted to prove that they were better than the other (Nationalism), by doing something that was better than what the opposing side did. In the Space Race, The Soviet Union launched Sputnik into space, on October 4, 1957, which aggravated Americans. We all thought that we should "fight back" by going into space also, which is what we did. We sent the satellite Explorer 1 into space in 1958, and also created NASA. Later, we sent the first man into space, Alan Shepard, in 1961, before the Soviet Union could. Later that year, Kennedy said we would have someone on the moon before the end of the decade-- and we did.

Timeline of the Space Race

1957: Sputnik was sent into space by the Soviets

1958: Explorer 1 was sent into space by the US

Later in 1958: NASA was created by the US

1961: US sent to first man into space

May 1961: Kenney stated that we would have someone on the moon by the end of the decade

July 21, 1969: Neil Armstrong was the first person to set foot on the moon

Fun Fact About the Space Race: Did you know that Sputnik 2, sent into space by the Soviet Union, had a dog in it named Laika?

Direct Comparison of The Space Race and The Cold War

*They both were fought by the US and Soviet Union

*They both involved one side trying to outdo the other to prove their supremacy

*The time periods in which they took place overlapped

*Neither involved violence