The Soviet Union dominated much of the early aspects of the space race. However, the United Stated used a methodical building approach that was achieved due to the earlier stages of the space race, Project Gemini and Mercury achievements, and the manned mission to the moon. The Space Race was a milestone in human history, its beginning will always be remembered as a race between two battling super powers of the time. Astronaut Neil Armstrong fulfilled as dream as old as humanity as he took the first human steps onto a planetary body, “That's one small step for man. One giant leap for mankind."
Each accomplishment recognized represented an upgrade in score for those who were keeping tabs (everyone really). Yet even though the outcome was favorable for a certain organization in points the real “winner” was determined by the transporting a human to the moon, first. The beginning was marked on October 4, 1957 when the Soviet Union (USSR) launched a satellite into orbit (The USA hadn’t done anything close to this at this point) around the Earth. Sputnick 1 (as it was named) was then followed by Sputnick 2 making an even bigger impact on the USSR’s standing considering it now became the first satellite to carry life (a dog named Lika) from Earth to space. And, in an attempt to catch up (as they probably
The United States tried to out-do Soviet Union’s space missions by landing the very first man on the moon. As a result, NASA came up with the infamous Apollo 1 mission. Many Americans favored the mission, but there were ones who politically disagree with it. The Apollo mission was launched in 1969, carrying 2 man including Neil Armstrong onto the moon. This successful mission led Americans to believe that they won the unofficial race, but the Soviets differ by claiming that launching the first man to space makes them the victors.
Space Race On October 4th 1957 the Soviet Union launched the first man-made object into orbit. The satellite known as “Sputnik” Russian for “companion” successfully departed on first attempt. Sputnik was a silver 183 lbs. sphere with four 22in. long antennas.
Introduction The Mercury-Redstone 3 Freedom 7 was the very first American flight with a human on board. MR-3 had four main objectives while in space. One was to get humans use to a complete space flight experience including the lift-off, powered flight, weightless flight, re-entry, and landing phases. The second objective was to evaluate man's ability to perform as a functional unit during flight. The third thing that MR-3 wanted to achieve was to study man's physiological reactions during space flight.
He built his own telescopes and was the first to use to view the heavens in 1610. After doing so, he made many discoveries. He saw that Jupiter has moon orbiting around it, like the Earth. He made the discoveries of the four moons on January 7, 1610 and they are now called the Galilean moons. These are the largest of Jupiters moons.
NASA would go on to become the most influential organisation in the world in relation to anything space related. The year of 1958 was concluding but the United States had one more surprise for the Soviet Union. On December 18, Project SCORE was successfully launched. SCORE was the world’s first communications satellite and re-asserted the USA in a dominant position in the intensifying race of the century. Project SCORE successfully proved that communications could take place from space when President Eisenhower sent this message to
They had the first satellite, the first manmade object to orbit the sun, the first manmade object to impact the moon, the first man and women in space, they had the first ever space walk, the first manmade object to impact venus, and the first satellite to orbit the moon. However somehow we caught up and were first to put man on the moon on June 20th 1969. With Apollo 11 landing and Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walking on the moon we felt a bit more secure about the cold war now that we were in charge of space. This actually came in handy later when we said that we could destroy all Soviet missiles with a program named SDI or star
The Apollo program was conceived in 1960, but it wasn’t until May 25, 1961 that Kennedy had given his speech to announce his support for the program. When America found out that Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first person to fly in space on April 12, 1961, it had given Kennedy the extra incentive needed to support the space program.