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THE SPACE RACE

SPACE RACE BETWEEN TWO SUPERPOWER

THE DEMOCRATIC CAPITAL UNITED STATES AND THE COMMUNIST SOVIET UNION BOTH SIDE WOULD FIGHT TO HAVE BEST TECHNOLOGY IN SPACE AND WHO CAN ACHIEVE THE FIRST. THIS FIGHT BETWEEN TWO SUPERPOWER LEAD TO SPACE RACE. THE MID-TO-LATE 20TH CENTURY SAW THE EMERGENCE OF A KEEN COMPETITION BETWEEN THE UNITED STATE OF AMERICA AND THE SOVIET UNION.

FIRST STEP IN SPACE RACE

THE UNITED STATE OF AMERICA AND SOVIET UNION IS THE MOST POWERFUL NATION AFTER THE SECOND WORLD WAR, FOR TECHNOLOGICAL SUPREMACY IN SPACE. THIS WAS KNOWN AS SPACE RACE. AS THE WORLD WAR IS COMING TO AN END. SOVIET UNION CAPTURED GERMANY ROCKET ENGINEERS FOR SPACE RACE. UNITED STATE OF AMERICA RECRUIT WERNHER VON BRAUN WHO LEAD UNITED STATE SPACE RACE PROGRAM WHEREAS, SOVIET UNION RECRUIT SERGEI KOROLEV TO LEAD THE SOVIET UNION SPACE RACE PROGRAM.

SPACE EXPLORATION AND LAUNCHING OF SATELLITES

THE SPACE RACE GREW OUT OF THE ONGOING COLD WAR THAT HAD SPREAD NOT ONLY ON EARTH BUT ALSO IN SPACE. IN THE YEAR 1955 BOTH COUNTRIES UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE COMMUNIST SOVIET UNION ANNOUNCED THEY ARE GOING TO LAUNCH SATELLITE INTO ORBIT OF EARTH. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE COMMUNIST SOVIET UNION VIEW EACH OTHER TO BE THE PIONEER IN SPACE EXPLORATION AND LAUNCHING OF SATELLITES AND OTHER TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION IN VARIOUS FIELD OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. (LEARN MORE ABOUT COLD WAR 1955)

SOVIET UNION TOOK THE LEAD IN SPACE RACE

THE SOVIET UNION TOOK THE LEAD BY BECOMING THE FIRST COUNTRY TO LAUNCH SATELLITE IN SPACE IN THE YEAR 1957. THE SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH OF SPUTNIK 1 ON 4TH OCTOBER 1957. IN APRIL 1961 SOVIET UNION AGAIN ACHIEVED ANOTHER REMARKABLE VICTORY BY SENDING FIRST MAN IN SPACE. THE YURI GAGARIN BECAME THE FIRST PERSON TO ORBIT AROUND THE EARTH IN SPACECRAFT VOSTOK1.

USA ESTABLISHED NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION

THE LAGGING UNITED STATES LAUNCHED THE FREEDOM 7 THREE WEEKS LATER VOSTOK1 AND ASTRONAUT ALAN SHEPARD BECAME THE FIRST AMERICAN IN SPACE. THE UNITED STATE OF AMERICAN ALSO SUCCESSFUL LAUNCHED EXPLORER1 FOUR MONTH LATER SPUTNIK1. AFTER THIS UNITED STATE OF AMERICA ESTABLISHED NASA (NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION). NASA WAS ESTABLISHED ON 29 JULY 1958. NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION WAS FOUNDED BY DWIGHT EISENHOWER.

UNITED STATE OF AMERICA WON THE SPACE RACE

AROUND 12 YEAR LATER HUMAN BEING SET FOOT UPON THE MOON FOR THE FIRST TIME. THE UNITED STATE OF AMERICA WERE EMBARRASSED BEING BEHIND SOVIET UNION AND ON 25TH MAY 1961 THE UNITED STATE OF AMERICA ANNOUNCED THAT AMERICA WOULD BE THE FIRST COUNTRY TO LAND MAN ON THE MOON. THIS STATEMENT WAS GIVEN BY PRESIDENT JOHN F KENNEDY AND LAUNCHED APOLLO PROGRAM ON 16TH JULY 1969. ONBOARD WAS UNITED STATE’S 3 ASTRONAUT NEIL ARMSTRONG, EDWIN BUZZ ALDRIN, AND MICHAEL COLLINS. ON JULY 20TH 1969 THE EAGLE HAD LANDED SUCCESSFULLY ON MOON SURFACE. NEIL ARMSTRONG STEPPED OUTSIDE AND BECAME THE FIRST PERSON TO WALK ON MOON. IN 1972 UNITED STATE OF AMERICA WON THE SPACE RACE.

FUN FACTS:

(A) GEMINI WOULD SEE THE FIRST AMERICAN ED WHITE TO WALK IN SPACE.
(B) IN SOVIET UNION ALEXI LEONOV BECAME FIRST PERSON TO DO SPACE WALK FOR 12 MINUTES AND NINE SECOND.
(C) WHEN NEIL ARMSTRONG STEPPED OUT OF EAGLE HE SAID “ONE SMALL STEP FOR MAN, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND”.

LEARN MORE

INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION 360° ANALYSIS

INDIAN SPACE RESEARCH ORGANISATION (ISRO)

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