space race. man on the moon

space race. man on the moon

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  • Space Race - The United States and Soviet Union had an intense competition to see who could get to space first. It was known as the Space Race.
  • When World War 2 ended the US and SU found themselves in a conflict over political theory. This conflict became known as "The Cold War". Instead of Nuclear war though the countries were motivated to go to space.
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  • April 12, 1961 - The  Soviet Union became the first country to enter space. Yuri Gagarin was the first human space traveler.
  • Moon Race - On May 25, 1961 US President Kennedy challenged the SU to a race to the moon.
  • The Soviets took up the challenge and tried very hard but suffered major setbacks.
  • On July 20, 1969 the US Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin reached the Moon.
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