Who Invented The Space Race

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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. It circled the earth every 98 minutes and used a radio beacon that could locate certain points on Earth’s surface. Though the messages the satellite sent were meaningless the shockwave of this technological feat was phenomenal. The US felt exposed with an enemy satellite flying over them every few hours. If the Soviets had the rocket power to send a satellite to space what could they do with atom bombs? The space race was on. Panic amplified when the Soviets launched Sputnik 2 on November

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