Space Race Research Paper

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After World War II the new war began. It was called the Cold War. The Cold War was conflict between the two greatest powers on the earth. The United States and the Soviet Union. The two countries wanted to prove their technology, military power, economic system, and political system. The space race was a part of the Cold War. The space race began as the Soviet Union sent Sputnik and the first man into space. Sputnik was launched on October 04, 1957. Sputnik is world’s first artificial satellite. The word Sputnik means satellite in Russian. It was not good news for Americans because Americans thought if the Soviet Union could send satellite to the space then it means that the Soviet Union can send nuclear missile to the United States. In 1959, the Soviet Union took another step forward with the launch of Luna 2. It was the first space probe to land on moon. In April of 1961, the Soviet Union sent the first man to orbit the earth. His name is Yuri Gagarin. United States made cone shaped capsule to send a man into space. It was lighter and smaller than Vostok. President John F. Kennedy made a public claim that the United States will land a man on the moon’s surface…show more content…
There were a lot of tragedies during Apollo program. For example, on January 27, 1967, at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, a fire broke out during a manned launch pad test of the Apollo spacecraft and Saturn rocket. Three astronauts were killed. One of the most famous Apollo missions is Apollo 11 mission. This is because this mission was successful and humans went to the moon for the first time in history. The space race helped our world to develop. There are many things that developed after the space race. Such as satellite TV, laptops, the dust busters, smoke/carbon dioxide detectors, telemedicine, joysticks, 3D graphics, Non-reflective displays, ear thermometer, and GPS. These are things that were developed after the space

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