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http://www.damninteresting.com/?p=567 Space Race From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Space Race was a competition of space exploration between the Soviet Union and the United States , which lasted roughly from 1957 to 1975. It involved the efforts to explore outer space with artificial satellites , to send humans into space , and to land them on the Moon . The Space Race effectively began after the Soviet launch of Sputnik 1 on 4 October 1957 . The term originated as an analogy to the arms race . The Space Race became an important part of the cultural, technological, and ideological rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War . Space technology became a particularly important arena in this conflict, because of both its potential military applications and the morale- boosting social benefits. Sputnik 1 ( Russian : " Спутник -1" Russian pronunciation: [°sputn ʲɪ k] , "Satellite-1", ПС -1 ( PS-1 , i.e. " Простейший Спутник -1", or Elementary Satellite-1 )) was the world's first
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