Space Race

The Space Race

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With the launch of Sputnik, the Space Race between the Soviet Union and the United States took off.

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On 4 October 1957 the rocket with the Sputnik 1 satellite, lifted off the launch pad.

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A picture of Sputnik 1

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The Soviet success caused public controversy in the United States.

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Eisenhower ordered the satellite project, Vanguard, to move up its timetable and launch its satellite much sooner.

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But the Vanguard rocket launch failed in December 1957.

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On 12 April 1961 the soviet cosmonaut Juri Gagarin became the first human to travel into space.

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On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced the goal of sending an American to the Moon before the end of the decade.

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This was the launch of the Apollo program.

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The "space race" was a competition between USSR and The United States to get objects and people into space orbit, and eventually reach the moon.

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