The Space Race

Sophie Wu, Hr. 4

Who: The United States and the Soviet Union.

What: The Soviet Union and the United States both realized how beneficial space technology would be. When the United States announced that the they would be sending a satellite into space, the Soviet Union took it as a challenge. And so the Space Race begun.

           Both sides recruited the top German rocket scientists. The USSR won the satellite race, sending up Sputnik I into orbit. The U.S succeeded four months later, with Explorer I.

          The second part was the first man in orbit. The Soviet Union won this round too, when Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space on the spacecraft Vostok I. Three weeks later Alan Shepard was sent into space in the Friendship 7.

        Determined to win the final leg of the race, the U.S poured everything they had to win the race. The first man on the moon. John F. Kennedy started the Apollo moon program and the Gemini program to win the race. The Apollo 11 landed on the moon and Neil Armstrong stepped out. The U.S had won. The space race was officially over. The U.S and Russia then came together to forward space technology even further than before.

Where: This event took place in Outer space, in the Soviet Union, the U.S and on the Moon.

When:  The space race began in 1955. On October 4, 1957 the first satellite was sent into space. On April 12, 1961 the first man was sent into space. On July 20, 1969 Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon.

Why: Both sides realized how beneficial space technology would be and we're determined to break the Final Frontier.



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