The Space Race

By Jacquelyn Whiting | Collected web resources for studying the Space Race

The first conquerors of open space

It's been 50 years since that memorable day when Alexey Leonov left the Voskhod 2 spacecraft and became the first human in history to perform an …

The first Spacewalk

By 1964, when a specific proposal had been put forward to carry out a spacewalk outside of the Voskhod-2 spacecraft, Zvezda had already accumulated …

The Space Race

Even over the babel of huge crowds in the National Air and Space Museum I hear an irritating little <i>beep-beep-beep,</i> the sound of Sputnik. That beep …

What if the Soviet Union had beaten the US to the Moon?

Science correspondent, BBC News<p><b>The Americans won the race to the Moon when Neil Armstrong set foot on the lunar surface in 1969.</b><p>That single act trumped the Soviet achievement of sending the first man into space eight years earlier. But what might have happened if the Soviet Union had got to the …

Moondoggle: The Forgotten Opposition to the Apollo Program

For most of our lunar adventure, a majority of Americans did not support going to the moon. On the 50th anniversary of JFK's "We choose to go the moon" speech, we excavate this forgotten opposition.<p><i>For most of our lunar adventure, a majority of Americans did not support going to the moon. On the</i> …

The Moon Landing through Soviet Eyes: A Q&A with Sergei Khrushchev, son of former premier Nikita Khrushchev

The Cold War between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. formed the backdrop of the Apollo program, as the two superpowers jockeyed for preeminence in space. …

Apollo and America’s Cold War (part 1)

The Apollo Moon program was <i>the</i> classic Cold War political event, and as such overflowed with irony and unexpected consequences. It was an attempt by …

Soviet Union

Apollo 11: A giant leap for mankind and Cold War rivalry

At 9:32 am on July 16, 1969 a 2,900-tonne Saturn V rocket blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida carrying the Columbia command module …

Soviet space dogs – in pictures

On 3 November 1957, Laika became the first Earth-born creature to travel to space. Although she died a few hours after launch, subsequent canine travellers returned from their out-of-this-world missions alive. They became national heroes in the Soviet Union, with their images reproduced on …

Smiles in Quarantine: Remembering Apollo 11 After Splashdown

Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin, in NASA's mobile quarantine trailer, meet Presiden<p>... VIEW MORE<p>NASA<p>1 of 2<p>The …

Apollo 11: What Liftoff Looked Like

The gantry retracts while Saturn V boosters lift the Apollo 11 astronauts toward the moon, July 16, 1969.<br>Ralph Morse—The LIFE Picture …

'To the Moon and Back': LIFE's Complete Special Issue on Apollo 11

LIFE magazine Special Edition, August 11, 1969.<br>LIFE Magazine<p>1 of 49<p>For millions of people who witnessed the Apollo 11 mission, watching on television …

Space Program - John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy began a dramatic expansion of the U.S. space program and committed the nation to the ambitious goal of landing a …

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing

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Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing

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Space Race

Apollo to the Moon

When President Kennedy committed the nation in 1961 to landing a man on the Moon, America had sent only a single astronaut briefly into space. By the …