BEGINNINGOn October 4, 1957 Soviet Union successfully launched Sputnik I. The world’s first artificial satellite that weighed only 183 pounds, and took 98 minutes to orbit the Earth. The launch started new political, military, technological, and scientific developments.It was an important event because it marked the start of the space age and the U.S.-Soviet Union space race.When did the Space
Race start and finish?The Space started on the 4th of october 1957 and lasted until the 20th of July 1969, when the americans proved themselves superior and were successful to get a man to the moon. CausesOne cause of the Space Race was the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union (the most powerful countries after WW2). Boththese countries were competing to be the number one world leader. The Space Race began in 1955 when both countries announced that they
would soon be launching satellites into orbit. The Soviets took the US announcement as a challenge and even established a commission whose goal was to beat the US in putting a satellite into space.