The Space Race Research Paper

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The Space Race By Beckett McVoy, Period 6, 01/024/2017

Imagine for a moment that you are in complete darkness and the words “ 3.. 2.. 1.. BLAST OFF!”, are the only words you hear then total silence. Boom, your eyes are filled with a blinding light and your ears are filled with a deafening bang. A race has just begun.
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Around the same time both the U.S. and Russia announced the launches of their satellites Explorer 1 and Sputnik 1. But Russia took launching their satellite before the U.S. as a goal and successfully managed to launch Sputnik 1 first. After the successful launch of Sputnik 1, it became the first man made satellite that orbited earth. One month after the launch of Sputnik 1 the Russians launched Sputnik 2, that carried the first animal from Earth into space, a dog named Laika. Almost five months after the launch of Sputnik 1 the Americans launched Explorer 1 the first U.S. satellite. After launching Explorer 1 the United States President at the time President Dwight Eisenhower created NASA to compete with the Russians therefore officially starting the Space Race. Two years after Sputnik 1 the Russians launched Luna 3 which was the first satellite to take a picture of the dark side of the Moon. Not only was it the first satellite to take a picture of the far side of the moon but it was also the third satellite to be sent to the …show more content…

After the launch of Yurin Garry President John F. Kennedy made a famous speech which included a goal for the U.S., which was to make it to the moon before the decade ended. This is important (in my opinion) because it showed that he believed in America and that space is the next frontier for us. On July 20, 1969 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to set foot on the moon right before the decade ended. This accomplishment made President John F. Kennedy's goal, and completed one of the biggest accomplishments the U.S. had made in the Space Race. Not only did the U.S. make it to the moon first but but by default they won the Space Race, making Russia the “loser” and the “Villain” of the story. After “losing” the Space Race the Russians focused all of their attention on making a space station, and in 1970 the space station later known as Miri was successfully launched into orbit. In my personal opinion I don’t believe that the Russians deserved to “lose” the Space Race. I believe this because they beat the Americans so many times and the Americans only achieved one famous/big victory over them and so that means they one by

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