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US Arms Race

Trinity Test

July 16 1945

The world's first atomic bomb test. This started the eventual US/Soviet Arms Race. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinity_(nuclear_test)

America's Test Baker

July 25 1946

underwater !explosionhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Crossroads!

US Atlas Missile Development

June 11 1957

Could travel 6,000 miles, accurate to within one mile of target

SALT II treaty

June 18 1979

A Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty between the USA and USSR. The US did not ratify the treaty due to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

Soviet Union Arms Race


29 Aug 1949

First Soviet atomic bomb test. Known as Joe-1 to the West, referencing Joseph Stalin, it was called "First Lightning"

H-bomb Castle-Bravo test

March 1 1954

Tsar Bomba

October 30 1961

The "King of Bombs," a nickname for the Soviet AN602 hydrogen bomb, the most powerful weapon ever detonated.

Cuban Missle Crisis

October 14 1962

US Space Race

Explorer 1

January 31 1958

the first American satellite to reach orbit, is launched. It carried scientific equipment that lead to the discovery of the Van Allen radiation belt.

The crew of Apollo 7

October 11 1968

begin a 10 day mission to study the new spacecraft.

Pete Conrad and Alan Bean perform the first precision lunar landing

November 19 1969

touching down just 600 feet from the Surveyor 3 probe that arrived two years earlier.

Strategic Defense Initiative

March 23 1983

A space-based defense proposal for the US

Soviet Union Space Race

USSR launches Sputnik 1

October 4 1957

Sputnik 2 which carried a small dog

Nov 3 1957

Small dog Laika into orbit

Gherman Titov spends a day in space

August 6 1961

spends a day in space aboard Vostok 2

Venera 4 transmits data

October 18 1967

data about the atmosphere of Venus