cold war and the space race

The space race was america's attempt to pass the Soviets in technology for space exploration.


oct 1957: USSR launches Sputnik 1.

jan 1958: Explorer 1, the first American satellite to reach orbit, is launched.

Oct 1958: NASA is formed

Nov 1960: John F. Kennedy is elected

april 1961: Yuri Gagarin (Russian) is the first man in space.

may 1961: President John F. Kennedy addresses Congress and states he believes we can reach the moon by the end of the decade.

Nov. 1963: President Kennedy is assassinated.

July 1969: Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin become the first men to walk on the Moon while Michael Collins orbits around the Moon

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