The Space Race

18 Years of Scientific Breakthroughs

the First Launch

In 1957, the Soviet Union televised the launch of Sputnik, which happened to be the first man-made satellite. This event started a chain reaction of a race to create technology to get people from both the United States and the Soviet Union into space.

The U.S. Follows Suite

Later in 1957, the U.S. Navy adapted their developing technology and launched the Vanguard. Unfortunately, it crashed a few seconds later. The U.S. Army, however, had also been working on satellite tech and in 1958, successfully launched the Explorer.

How It Ended

After many, many accomplishments over a short period of time, both countries turned their attention to the modifications of satellites and after that, the Space Race sort of died out. The United States and the Soviet Union just stopped attempting to "one-up" each other, but the Space Race officially ended in 1975 in a joint mission called Apollo-Soyuz where a U.S. and Soviet satellite docked together and the astronauts from both crews met and celebrated