THE SPACE RACE
By Sadie Woodhouse
On October 4th, 1957, the Soviets took the first step to a victory in the Space Race. That day the first man-made satellite was launched into orbit. Sputnik. The satellite was only 183.9 pounds and took about 98 minutes to orbit the earth. Since 1957, though we have constructed many more technologically advanced satellites, Sputnik still marks the start of the Space Race.
Sputnik automatically gave the Soviet Union a head start in the Space Race. The next step was to send a human into space. On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin was launched in space on Vostok 1. Over the course of 108 minutes, Gagarin traveled around the earth once. The Soviets were well in the lead in the Space Race.
America was well behind in the race until July 16, 1969. That was the day that Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin, and Micheal Collins were launched into space from Floridia's Kennedy Space Center on Apollo 11. Four days later, Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the moon. America was finally caught up to the Soviets in the Space Race.