SPACE RACESoviet Union vs. America
Brinkmanship        Both the US and the         USSR are building up         supplies of weapons         and to threaten ...
Soviets are lagging behind   Even though the US    and the USSR were    both considered to be    superpowers the Soviet  ...
Soviets play catch up.             On October 4, 1957              the Soviet Union              launched the first      ...
America Reacts!   The US was shocked and    alarmed.   We felt as though we had    failed by not beating the    Soviets ...
Flopnik   The US immediately got to work on our    space program.   On December 6, 1957 we attempted to    launch Vangua...
The race is on!          The US kept pushing           and in January 1958           we successfully           launched o...
Open Skies   President Eisenhower    proposed an “open skies”    policy between the US    and the USSR.   This policy wo...
U – 2 Incident          Since the Soviets refused           to allow US planes to fly           over the CIA decided to  ...
U – 2 Incident          Since the Soviets refused           to allow US planes to fly           over the CIA decided to  ...
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Space race[1]

  1. 1. SPACE RACESoviet Union vs. America
  2. 2. Brinkmanship  Both the US and the USSR are building up supplies of weapons and to threaten each other.  This is the basis for the space race, or competition to be the most advanced in terms of space exploration.
  3. 3. Soviets are lagging behind Even though the US and the USSR were both considered to be superpowers the Soviet Union was clearly behind. The US had created/exploded an atomic bomb (1945) and a hydrogen bomb (1952) before they did.
  4. 4. Soviets play catch up.  On October 4, 1957 the Soviet Union launched the first ever satellite called Sputnik.  Sputnik looked like a beach ball. It weighed 183 pounds and orbited the earth once every 96 minutes.
  5. 5. America Reacts! The US was shocked and alarmed. We felt as though we had failed by not beating the Soviets to a rocket launch. The US immediately began pouring money into math, science, technology and foreign language education.
  6. 6. Flopnik The US immediately got to work on our space program. On December 6, 1957 we attempted to launch Vanguard, a 3.5 pound satellite. Vanguard did not successfully launch and in fact burned up on the launch pad. Vanguard and the beginnings of the US space program were mocked. This set the stage for a heavy focus in space.
  7. 7. The race is on!  The US kept pushing and in January 1958 we successfully launched our first rocket.  The Soviet Union continued to beat us at almost every aspect of space exploration until July 20, 1969 when we made the first manned lunar landing!
  8. 8. Open Skies President Eisenhower proposed an “open skies” policy between the US and the USSR. This policy would allow Soviet planes to fly over the US and vice versa to guard against surprise nuclear attacks. The Soviet Union refused to participate in this.
  9. 9. U – 2 Incident  Since the Soviets refused to allow US planes to fly over the CIA decided to use high altitude U-2 spy planes.  In May 1960 the Soviets shot down a U-2 spy plane and captured the pilot.  They eventually released him, but this made for tense relations between the US and the Soviet Union and a lot of mistrust.
  10. 10. U – 2 Incident  Since the Soviets refused to allow US planes to fly over the CIA decided to use high altitude U-2 spy planes.  In May 1960 the Soviets shot down a U-2 spy plane and captured the pilot.  They eventually released him, but this made for tense relations between the US and the Soviet Union and a lot of mistrust.

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