The Space Race was a competition between the United States of America and the Soviet Union. During this period, almost all of history's space travel developments were made. This competition lasted from 1957 to 1975.

The results of the Space Race were that the Russians made almost every advancement in the challenge, but the United States ultimately won due to the fact that the United States stepped on the moon first. The importance was that the Russians could use ballistic missiles, or missiles with 12 nuclear warheads in them that could go anywhere. The Missiles would go up into space, and come back down. Plus, it was about espeonage.


During the cold war, when the United States went into an arms race with the Soviets, the space race began. The space race began after the Russians launched Sputnik 1, on October 4, 1957.

Space Race TimelineEdit

  • October 4, 1957: Russians successfully launch Sputnik 1 the first artificial satellite, and the beginning of the space race.
  • November 3, 1957: Laika, the first dog and animal in space, is launched. Unfortunately, Laika was unable to return home.
  • March 17, 1958: First solar-powered satellite.
  • December 18, 1958: First communications satellite.
  • 2 January 1959: First firing of a rocket in Earth orbit

First reaching Earth escape velocity First detection of solar wind

  • 4 January 1959: First man-made object in heliocentric orbit.

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