Space Race

Space Race vs. Cold War

Why?

The Space Race is a branch of the Cold War. The Space Race is a result of the Cold War because the tensions between the two countries sparked the need to get more space research. The Soviet Union pushed the United States to work faster and more efficiently due to the fear that they would develop the technology first. Competition can often bring out the best because you are on a time crunch and that is exactly what happened. The Cold War created the tension then the competition for space created the Space Race.

WHAT?

The Space Race is the race between the Soviet Union and the United States. This was a competition to explore space. Until then no one had developed any research or explored space that much. The Soviet Union was ahead when they sent Yuri Gagarin into space. He traveled in space and orbiting earth once. This made Kennedy determined to beat the Soviet Union in the Space Race. Kennedy proposed in a speech that we were going to land a man on the moon. This was not an easy task. Project Apollo failed even with great planning and all the astronauts died. Then on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin were the first people in the world to land in the moon. "This is one small step for man, and one giant leap for man" said Armstrong.

Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin