by Anne-Claire Quindoza
What is it?
The Space Race was a race in space exploration between the United States and Soviets. The Soviets were first to launch someone in space and orbit the earth, and the United States was the first to land a person on the moon (Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin). In many ways the Space Race was similar to the Cold War, which was also between the United States and the Soviets
Pictured here: Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon (USA)
Pictured here: First person in space (Soviets)
USA vs Soviets
Fight to have the most advanced space exploration
How was the Space Race like the Cold War?
The Cold War was like the Space Race because they were both between the Soviets and the United States. Also, the Cold War was never fully declared, just like the Space Race. There was no hot war going on between the two countries during either of these events. They dragged on for a long time and each was a way for each country to try and prove they were better than the other. Many new inventions for each country came from the Cold War the same way they came from the Space Race.
Who was involved in the Space Race?
John F. Kennedy (US President 1960-1963), Lyndon B Johnston (US President 1963-1969), NASA, Nikita Khrushchev (Leader of Soviet Union 1955-1964), and Leonid Brezhnev (Leader of Soviet Union 1964-1982)