The United States and Soviet Union Space RaceThe United States and Soviet Union Space Race Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
The United States and Soviet Union Space RaceThe Space Race between the United States of America (US) and the Soviet Union (USSR) is probably the most important aviation event between the years of 1930 and 1965, not for what it was but for the technology and advances that it paved the way for. The space race between the two countries started “October 4, 1957 when the USSR successfully launched Sputnik I. The world's first artificial satellite was about the size of a basketball and weighed only 183 pounds” (Bellis, 2017). This launch marked the beginning of the space race which would last for the next34 years with the dissolution of the USSR in December 1991 but peaked with Neil Armstrong becoming the first man to set foot on the moon 21 July, 1969. Although at that time, neither country was aware of the impact that the race to put a man on the moon would bring to the futureof the World, the race’s impact brought an immense amount of both civilian and military technology to our day and to the future. “The Space Race has left a legacy of Earth communications and weather satellites and continuing human space presence on the InternationalSpace Station.