The Space Race

Emma W.

The Cold War was very intense at times. One time being the Space Race. The Space Race was a race between the Soviet Union and the U.S. to improve their space technology in the ultimate goal to reach the moon. On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin set foot in the moon. Being the first men to walk on the moon. This left the Soviets in the dust.

Growing Tension

Things started to heat up when the Soviets launched the first probe to hit the moon. Now only one thing was left; get a man on the moon. The Soviet Union then got a man into orbit, causing the desperation in the U.S. to grow. NASA pulled ahead to get a successful mission for a man to orbit the moon. Then in 1969, Neil Armstrong, an american astronaut on Apollo 11, became the first man to walk on the Moon.

USA Wins

Then in 1969, Neil Armstrong, an american astronaut on Apollo 11, became the first man to walk on the Moon saying hos quote, "This is one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind". This, effectively, was the US winning the space race, but it wouldn't have been possible without the public's support. Without their support, the NASA wouldn't have been able to fund all the research and building of the Rocket or the training of the astronauts.