U.S. History Space Race Assignment.docx - Name Date PD U.S History Cold War Space Race What was the space race The Space Race was a 20th Century

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Name ________________________ Date_________ PD______ U.S. History Cold War Space Race What was the space race? The Space Race was a 20th Century struggle between two nation-states, the Soviet Union (USSR) and the United States (US). The pursuit for both was the domination of space flight technologies. The competition began on 2 August 1955, when the Soviet Union responded to the US announcement of their similar intent to launch artificial satellites. The Space Race has its origins in the nuclear arms race between the two nations following the Second World War. Both sides were aided by German missile technology and scientists from their missile program. The technological advantages required for such power were seen as necessary for national security and political superiority. The Space Race produced groundbreaking efforts to launch artificial satellites; space probes of the Moon, Venus, and Mars, and human space voyages in low Earth orbit and lunar missions. Directions: This timeline shows the twenty-year competition between the two nations. Pick three events from the timeline and use the internet as your research tool to write a more in depth summary of each event (8-10 sentences each) on a separate paper. Make sure Cold War Space Race is your heading and upload your assignment to Canvas. Cold War Space Race Timeline 2 August 1955: The USSR responds to the US announcement that they intend to launch the first artificial satellite into space with a satellite of their own.

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