The space race begins as a war of words when the us announces it intends to launch the first artificial satellite into outer space in response, the ussr says it will also launch a satellite in. The space race was one of the most historic events of the twentieth century and played a significant role in the outcome of the cold war however, few people are aware of the facts surrounding this unique event in humankind's history and their knowledge mostly revolves around the first man on the moon and the subsequent moon landing conspiracy theories. The space race of the 50s, 60s and 70s was characterised by triumph, disaster, courage and intellectual brilliance, as america and the soviet union vied to become the first nation to put humans.
The soviet union launched the first satellite, sputnik 1, into orbit on october 4, 1957, initiating the space race when the 85th congress reconvened in 1958, one of its first tasks was the creation of a select committee on astronautics and space exploration. For many years, the usa and ussr were in a race to conquer space in 1957, russia sent sputnik, the first artificial satellite, into space president kennedy responded by promising to send an. The soviets responded with yet another launch, and the space race continued the success of sputnik had a major impact on the cold war and the united states fear that they had fallen behind led us policymakers to accelerate space and weapons programs.
Digital history id 3427 on the morning of march 7, 1949, builder william j levitt opened a sales office for a new development of inexpensive single-family homes in a potato field in the center of long island's nassau county. The space race became another way for the two countries involved in the cold war to compete with each other the end goal of the race was to land on the moon us president john f kennedy vowed to put an astronaut on the moon by the end of the 1960s. Space race facts for kids: the space stations (1971) the next step in the cold war space race was the development of space stations a space station is a large, habitable, artificial satellite used as a long-term base for manned operations in space to enable astronauts and cosmonauts to conduct experiments within the space environment.
The space race timeline (1945 - 1991) interesting cold war timeline and facts for kids are detailed below together with details of important events encompassing important dates covering the history of sputnik, project mercury, the first men in space, the gemini program and the first man on the moon. With the conclusion of the space race, us government interest in lunar missions waned after the early 1970s in 1975, the joint apollo-soyuz mission sent three us astronauts into space aboard an apollo spacecraft that docked in orbit with a soviet-made soyuz vehicle. The space race culminated in man setting foot upon the moon, but each milestone on the way to that final goal was bitterly contested two powerful nations pledged a substantial part of their national resources to beat the other in a scientific and technological race to be the first to achieve new records. In the course of participating in challenging the space frontier, students will: learn about the history of space exploration in the context of the space race during the cold war improve content-area reading skills, including comprehension and vocabulary. As specialist retailers of space toys, space dressing up and other fun space stuff, we love everything about space exploration here is a list of the most important events in space history.
Understand the history of the space race and space exploration as a whole create a timeline detailing important events in the history of space exploration write a descriptive article about an important event in space exploration review the history of space exploration with the class by. Read about the breakthroughs in space flight between 1957 and 1966 this student activity includes links to learn about other important times in space history, with photos, teacher's guide, and other activities. In 1961, president john f kennedy began a dramatic expansion of the us space program and committed the nation to the ambitious goal of landing a man on the moon by the end of the decade in 1957, the soviet union launched the satellite sputnik, and the space race was on the soviets' triumph. December 19, 2012 january 4, 2016 by hilaryparkinson, posted in - cold war, - space race, letters in the national archives, pennsylvania avenue, presidents once upon a time, space was quiet this was before satellites had cluttered the orbit of the earth, beaming tv shows and text messages and gps coordinates.
From sputnik to apollo to neil armstrong, the race to the moon combined politics, technology, and triumphs relive this exciting time in our space more from sputnik to apollo to neil armstrong, the race to the moon combined politics, technology, and triumphs relive this exciting time in our. During the cold war the united states and the soviet union engaged a competition to see who had the best technology in space this included such events as who could put the first manned spacecraft into orbit and who would be the first to walk on the moon the space race was considered important. America's competition with the ussr for technological dominance spurred the us to achieve the world's first-ever moon landing.
The last page of the student handout consists of a race to the moon chronology game students can cut out the squares and follow the directions to test their knowledge on the chronology of the space race. One of the most exhilarating true adventures in history, the race into space was marked by courage, duplicity, political paranoia, astonishing technological feats, and unbelievable triumphs in the face of overwhelming adversity. The space race is one of the more memorable elements of the cold war waged between the us and the soviet union this quiz will have you recall various facts about this period of the 20th century.