The Space Race fueled numerous cultural, political, and scientific advancements, while changing the way we view the Earth. Answers to these questions provide a summary of the innovations spawned by the Space Race:
Why is the Space Race important and how did it influence history?
The Space Race was important because it led to many innovations we live with today and our modern life.
How did the Space Race develop over time?
Geopolitical strugglesset the stage for the Space Race. After Sputnik’s launch, the United States (U.S.) and U.S.S.R. (Soviet Union) vied for dominance, starting the Space Race, an 18-year struggle. This struggle is highlighted on a timeline. As the Space Race evolved, a short moon race developed and after the moon landing, the U.S. government cut funding to space exploration.
How did events of that time influence the Space Race?
The Space Race was a backdrop for hostile Cold War competition between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. This competition is discussed in our interviews as well as Space Race innovations and potential space technologies.