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Space Race
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Overview

The Space Race refers to the 20th Century competition between two Cold War rivals, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the United States of America, for dominance in spaceflight capability.

Events

Origin

The race has it's origins back in World War II. Afterwards both sides used the work of Nazi scientist and rocket experts. Wernher von Braun who was recruited to the US by the CIA as part of Operation Paperclip.[1]

The United States formed N.A.S.A. and the Soviet Union formed the Soviet Space Program.

Sputnik 1

On October 4th, 1957, the Soviets launched the first man made object into space Sputnik 1 a simple satellite that sent a simple beeping signal.[citation needed]

Sputnik 2

The Soviets followed up with Sputnik 2, carrying a dog named Laika. Laika survived but was mutated in the mission and battled Department Zero.[2]

First Man in Space

On April 12, 1961, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was the first human in space making one trip around the Earth Orbit.[3][4]

American Attempt

In February 1962, Friendship 7 was launched into orbit piloted by astronaut John Glenn, who performed three orbits of the Earth.[5]

Cosmo

In the 1960's another dog named Cosmo was used as a test subject. He was launched into space but drifted off into space arriving in Knowhere. His travel through space mutated him giving him enhanced intelligence.[6]

Moon Landing

In July 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon.[7] However they were unaware that his mission was jeopardized by the Skrulls, trying to undermine the space program on Earth as part of a future invasion. This plot was thwarted by the First Line. [7]

Neverlab

In 1972, the Soviets launched the Neverlab space station into orbit in secret.[8]

Soviet Moon Landing

On December 14th, 1972, Doctor Kuznetsov sent his robotic creation Udarnik to the moon. As nobody else had returned to the Moon ever since, Udarnki grew resentful of mankind.[9]

Apollo–Soyuz Test Project

In 1975, one of the Apollo Command Modules docked with a Soviet Soyuz capsule, and the astronauts shook hands. This was the beginning of the end of the space race.[10]

Voyager Program

In 1977, Voyager 1 was launched to study the outer planets of the Solar System.[11] Part of the Voyager program, it was launched 16 days after its twin, Voyager 2.[11] They later launched Voyager 3 this probe was encountered by Galactus.[12]

Challenger Mission

The Space Shuttle Challenger launched and landed nine times before breaking apart 73 seconds into its tenth mission, 51-L, on January 28, 1986, resulting in the death of all seven crew members, including a civilian school teacher.[5]

Later Missions

On September 1992, Mae Jemison became the first African-American female astronaut.[13]

Apocryphal Appearances

The following appearances of the event should be considered topical references:

Famed scientist Dr. Reed Richards built his own rocketship in an attempt to beat the Soviets to the Moon. The ship carried himself, pilot Ben Grimm, Susan Storm, and Johnny Storm. The group were bombarded from Cosmic Radiation.[14]


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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Race

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