Americans feared Soviet’s ability to launch ballistic missiles that could carry nuclear weapons from space. The Soviets introduced Sputnik the first space satellite. The U.S was just frightened and pushed their missile program into higher gear. Marked the real beginning of the race. Both countries wanted to be the first one to land on the moon and return safely back to Earth. They race for rocket technologies. Both countries wanted to be known as a WorldLeader so they competed for who has the latesttechnology.
They competed for who gets to space first. They raced for who is going to be the first man in space. They competed for who would be able to put the first man on the moon. They competed for who lasts longer in .space(Endurance), invented better rockets. Competed for who invents the first rockets able to leave the orbit of the Earth.
In the U.S , military programs were kept secret while civilian space activies were widely publicized for the people to see.In Russia, Military projects were kept secret while successful launches were broadcasted to the media.
Sputnik:The first space shuttle launched to space.