Space Race

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Space Race

The space race between the Soviet Union and the United States became one of the greatest competitions between two nations the world has ever seen. It lasted from the fifties till the end of the 20th century Although it brought fourth much contreversy and conflict, it also gave us some of the most amazing inovations and intelectual thinkers. Man first set its presence into space and a new age for astronomy began.

Space Race

Yuri Gagarin of the Soviet Union, The first man to go into space in the aboard the Vostok 3KA-3 pictured bellow. He Orbited the Earth on the12th of April, 1961. The United states quickly responded by launching Alan Shepard (on the left) into space on the 5th of May 1961.

The space race wasn't just about the puting the first man into space, but also about placing satelites and probes in proximity or surfaces of other planetary bodies such as the Moon and Mars. The United States and the Soviet Union both had great progress in such projects. The Soviet Union was the first to succesfully reach the surface of the Moon with a probe (Luna 2, pictured bottom left, on September 13, 1959). The United States surprised everyone when they succeeded with the Apollo 11 mission, in which they landed the first man onto the surface of the Moon on July 20, 1969 (bellow). The first man to walk the surface was Neil Armstrong. (bellow)

The space race launched off with the launching of the first artificial satelite by the Soviet Union, Sputnik 1 (bottom left). Its launch occured on the 4th of October, 1957. Its launch set the United States off edge, starting the "Sputnik Crisis". The Soviet Union further stunned the United States sith the launch of "Sputnik 2" which carried a dog "Laika" (left) into orbit on November 3, 1957. The United States finally responded with "Explorer 1"(bellow), America's first space satelite on January 31, 1958.

With the end of the 80's came the end of the spce race. The final acheivements of both countries are phenomenal. The SOviet Union finished with a 130 ton 350 cubic meter space station MIR, launched in 86 (pictured left). The United States was sending out probes to the outer planets of the Solar system such as Voyager 2 (pictured bellow). After the fall apart of the Soviet Union, Russia and the United States became much more cooperative in space travel and reasearch. The result was the construction of the Internation Space Station (ISS), with the minor contributions of other countries.


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