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The Space Race

(1957—1975)

Beginning with the Launch of Sputnik 1 by the Soviet Union, the Space Race was a contest between the Soviet Union and the United States. It involved launching the first satellite into orbit, the first human in space and also the first human on the moon.

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Sputnik 1
Sputnik 1
A model of Sputnik 1. Sputnik 1 was the first man-made satellite to orbit the earth. Designed and built by the Soviet Union, Sputnik 1 was launched into orbit on 4 October 1957.
Launch of Explorer 1
Launch of Explorer 1
The launch of the Explorer 1 satellite by the United States of America. It was launched on January 31, 1958.
Apollo 11 Mission Insignia
Apollo 11 Mission Insignia
The Apollo 11 Mission Insignia, featuring a bald eagle.
Apollo 11 Crew Photo
Apollo 11 Crew Photo
A photo of the Apollo 11 crew, with Neil Armstrong on the left, Michael Collins in the middle and Buzz Aldrin on the right.
Neil Armstrong on the Lunar Module Ladder
Neil Armstrong on the Lunar Module Ladder
A slow scan television that was mounted on one of the legs of the lunar module was in position to send out a transmission of Neil Armstrong climbing down the ladder of lunar module and onto the moon. Neil Armstrong is show here climbing down to the surface of the moon.
Buzz Aldrin on the Moon
Buzz Aldrin on the Moon
A photo of Buzz Aldrin on the moon, taken by Neil Armstrong. Neil Armstrong can be seen in the reflection of the face of Buzz Aldrin's helmet.
Launch of Vostok 1
Launch of Vostok 1
Vostok 1 was the spacecraft that carried Yuri Gagarin, a Russian Cosmonaut, into space. Yuri became the first human in space and won prestige for the Soviet Union throughout the world by doing so.
The Blue Marble
The Blue Marble
A famous photograph taken by the crew members of Apollo 17.
First Earthrise
First Earthrise
The first Earthrise seen by humans. Apollo 8 crew members took this photo.
First Manned Flight
First Manned Flight
The block house for the mission control for launching the America's first manned flight to space.
Cape Canaveral
Cape Canaveral
Site of first satellite launch at Cape Canaveral
Cape Canaveral Airbase
Cape Canaveral Airbase
A plaque at Cape Canaveral Air station honoring America's first astronauts.
The Space shuttle carrier
The Space shuttle carrier
The space vehicle carrier used to carry the space shuttle to the launch tower in the background
Vehicle Assembly Building
Vehicle Assembly Building
The 500 feet high Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center.
Launch tower for the shuttle
Launch tower for the shuttle
The launch tower for the space shuttle at Kennedy space center
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First Human in Space

Launch of Vostok 1

On the 12th of April in 1961, Yuri Gagarin, a Russian Cosmonaut, climbed aboard the Soviet Union's Vostok spacecraft and became the first human to enter space.  He was applauded as a hero and received many medals from various countries for his historic space flight.  He is quoted by the BBC News while in orbit:

"The earth is blue.  How wonderful.  It is amazing."

Yuri Gagarin will be forever known as the first human to be in space.

First Human on the Moon

Apollo 11 Mission Insignia
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On the 21st of July in 1969, Astronaut Neil Armstrong of the United States became the first man to set foot on the moon.  After first being challenged by President John F. Kennedy in 1961 to land a man on the moon and bring him safely back, the United States space program - NASA - had made great strides in order to achieve President Kennedy's challenge.  They reached a major part of their goal on the day that Neil Armstrong set his foot on the moon.

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The Blue Marble
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A few of the photographs from the Space Race Era that have found a place in history.

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Apollo-Soyuz Test Project:
From: 15 Jul 1975 1
To: 24 Jul 1975 1
Explorer 1 Launched Successfully:
Date: 31 Jan 1958 2
Note: First artificial US satellite. 3
Space Race Participants:
Participant: Union of Soviet Socialist Republics 3
Participant: United States of America 3
Sputnik 1 Launched Successfully:
Date: 04 Oct 1957 4
Note: First artificial satellite. 3

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