Tuesday, 15 October 2013

The Space Race

The Space Race

  • The Space Race was an important feature of the Cold War as it gave the superpowers an opportunity to gain an advantage
  • This new technology could be used to capitalise in the arms race.
  • In early 1960s USSR dominated the space race, but the USA overtook the USSR due to greater financial resource in 1970s

Timeline of Space Race

  • 1961 - Kennedy sets NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) the task of landing a man on the moon before the end of the decade
  • 1961 - Yuri Gagarin (USSR) became first man in space 
  • 1964 - USSR makes the first flight without space suits
  • 1965 - USSR makes the first spacewalk
  • 1969 - USA lands the first man on the moon (Armstrong on 21st July) – defining moment of 20th century

N.B. – Nixon becomes president in January 1969