Module 6 Discussion.docx - The United States was way ahead of other countries in regards to civilian passenger travel during this time period The race

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The United States was way ahead of other countries in regards to civilian passenger travel during this time period. The race basically came in to play when the U.S.S.R. first launched their Sputnik I on 4 October 1957 (Bilstein, 2001). This caused somewhat of a frenzy for the United States, because while they were making progress with the satellite program, they were falling rapidly behind the U.S.S.R. with actually getting satellites into orbit. By the time the first U.S. satellite was successfully launched into orbit, the Russians had already launched their second Sputnik, with a dog on board into space (Bilstein, 2001). Russia having shown the ability to not only launch one, but two satellites into orbit caused great

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