United States vs. The Soviet Union
Inauguration of John F. Kennedy
Kennedy was one of the biggest influences during the space race because he said that he wanted to see a man on the moon by the end pf the decade. By saying this, Kennedy influenced the United states to start working harder to make it to the moon
The Soviet Influence
The Soviet Union had a huge influence on how fast we made it into space because we did not want to let the USSR beat it during the cold war. We did not want our pride hurt by an opposing country who we were on the verge of war with.
"... the United States was not built by those who waited and rested and wished to look behind them. This country was conquered by those who moved forward, and so will space." -John F. Kennedy
The First Human in Space
The Soviet Union actually launched the first human into space, his name was Yuri Gagarin. He orbited the earth one time in auto-pilot but he had the ability to take manual controls if there was a problem. This pushed the United States to one up the Soviets and land a person on the moon and have them safely return.