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During the Cold War, the Soviet Union and the United States competed in against each other in every way. One competition was the Space Race.
The Space Race started on October 4, 1957. The Soviet Union launched the first ever satellite, Sputnik I, into space.
The Soviet Union defeated the USA once again when they launched Sputnik II. Sputnik II carried the first living thing into space, a dog named Laika.
The USA later launches Explorer I, an artificial satellite, in 1958. But, the Soviet Union stepped it up, when they sent the first human into space named Yuri Gragain in 1961.
With the Soviet Union in the lead, the USA stepped up and sent Alan B. Shepard into space, making him the first American in space.
The USA finally moved ahead of the Soviet Union on July 20, 1969. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon, making them the first humans to ground on the moon.
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