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Remembering the Space Race

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“I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal before the decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely back to earth.” –Kennedy
A war between the two great superpowers was not one that was fought with weapons or men, this battle was to prove the superiority of each country and would prove, to the world, which country had greater technology, science programs and by extension it's political economic system. The space race was a competition between the United States and the Soviet Union, which would only end when the first men would walk on the moon and conquer the "last frontier".
The Cold War, a time of hostelry between the Eastern and Western Blocs. This period was a battle between the two systems, one democratic and another communist, to prove the superiority of each system. The fighting, another battle without soldiers or weapons was fought with espionage, propaganda and psychological warfare. The strong desire to win pushed the countries into another battle one that could have a determined winner a race, a race to space, for what better way to prove superiority?
A ballistic missile roared off the launch pad on October 4, 1957 carrying a 184-pound metal sphere settled on the pentacle of the R-7. This sphere, Sputnik, would be the first artificial satellite sailing in space. Sputnik would inaugurate the space race and intensify the rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union. Mikhail Tikhonravov a soviet scientist
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