The Cold War: Space Race

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Space Race: The Epic Battle Between America and the Soviet Union

The Space Race was a race with two opposing teams: the Soviet Union (USSR) and the US to beat the other country in improving technology ( to show superiority,) and to discover more about space. It started when the USSR launched Sputnik 1 on October 4, 1957. The space  battle ended in 1975, when Russia and The United States gave a truce.

Here is a timeline synopsis:

Oct. 4, 1957: USSR launches Sputnik 1.

Jan. 31, 1958: Explorer 1, the first American satellite to reach orbit, is launched.

Oct. 1, 1958: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is formed.

Jan. 2, 1959: USSR's Luna 1 is launched. It is the first man-made object to orbit the sun.

Sept. 12, 1959: USSR's Luna 2 is launched. It was the 1st man-made object to touch the moon.

Nov. 8, 1960: John F. Kennedy is elected the 35th President of The United States.

July 20, 1969: Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin become the first men to walk in the moon.

1975: US and USSR have a truce and become allies.

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