Space Race

US Arm's Race

First Atomic Bomb Successful

July 16, 1945

First atomic bomb was tested by Americans in New Mexico and was successful. Ended WWII.

"Super Bomb" Successful


Americans tested the first Hydrogen (or thermo-nuclear) bomb. Beating the Russians in the creation of what was known as the "Super Bomb"


January 1954

The ICBM was a result of the policy John Foster Dulles came up with called the "massive retaliation" in response to any major Soviet attack on the US.



Complex 2,500 ft inside Colorado's Cheyenne Mountains to detect and track Soviet Union's nuclear strikes.

Emergency Broadcast System


This was created so the president could address the entire country in the state of an emergency.

Soviet Union Arm's Race

First Atomic Bomb Successful

August 29, 1949

Soviets succeed with first atomic bomb at a sight at Semipalatinsk Test Site in Kazakhstan.

Tsar Bomba (King of the Bombs/ Big Ivan)

October 1961

Soviets set off a bomb that is said to be the largest bomb the world has seen up to this point in time. With an estimated 58 megatons, the equivalent of more than 50 million tons of TNT, or more than all the explosives used during World War II. This is set off after the US and USSR agree to limit nuclear testing.

Russians Plant Missiles in Cuba

October 1962

US discovers that the Russians are planning to plot nuclear missiles in communist Cuba.

Russians Shoot Down American U-2

October 27 1962

American U-2 Plane accidentally flies into Russian territory and another US plane is shot down in Cuba.

Soviets End Missel Crisis

October 28 1962

In a speech aired on Radio Moscow, Khrushchev announces the dismantling of Soviet missiles in Cuba and does not insist on his demands concerning the removal of U.S. missiles from Turkey.

US Space Race

First American Satellite to Orbit

January 31, 1958

Explorer 1, the first American satellite to reach orbit, is launched. It carried scientific equipment that lead to the discovery of the Van Allen radiation belt.

First American Weather Satellite

April 1, 1960

Tiros 1, the first successful American weather satellite, is launched.

First American in Space

May 5, 1961

Alan B. Shepard becomes first American in space.

First American Space Walk

June 3, 1965

Ed White performs America's first spacewalk. Jim McDivitt remains in the Gemini capsule.

First American Men on the Moon

July 20, 1969

Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin become the first men to walk on the Moon while crew mate Michael Collins orbits around the Moon alone.

Soviet Union Space Race

Launch of Sputnik 1

October 4, 1957

Launch of Sputnik 2

November 3, 1957

Russians launch Sputnik 2 into the space with a dog named Laika aboard. Rocket goes into orbit.

Launch of Luna 1

January 2, 1959

First Russian man-made object to orbit the sun.

First Russian Man in Space

April 12, 1961

Yuri Gagarin orbits the Earth once and becomes the first man in space.

First Russian Women in Space

June 16, 1963