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The Contributions Of The Space Race And The Cold War

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A fight between two nations, not with guns, but intelligence, a race to the stars, as the world watches with bated breaths, but was it worth the countless resources? In 1957 the space race ignited between the United States and the Soviet Union, however, the United States should not have joined this battle which cost them in funds, resources, and lives that would be more effectively utilized towards the betterment of their nation. The Space Race attempts to prove itself noteworthy, but it’s negative repercussions continue to outweigh its positive contributions through financial and political fallouts. Following the end of World War II, with the allies having taken the victory, the two largest powers are set against each other in what would become known as the Cold War. This arising conflict gave way to tensions between the United States of America and the Soviet Union, with space being their newest battlefield. Both countries put their latest technological advancements to the test as they prove their supremacy through intergalactic travel in the Space Race. On October 4th, 1957, the Soviet Union launches Sputnik, the first artificial satellite and man-made objects to be put into the Earth’s orbit (alphahistory.com). In response to this great feat, the United States launches Explorer I, their own satellite not a year later. The same year, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, more popularly known as NASA was formed. This is a federal agency created in order to
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