US vs. SU Races


United States Arms Race

The weapons advancements of the United States during the Cold War.

FIrst Atomic Bombs

August 6, 1945

The US dropped two bombs on Japan to end the second World War.

The First Hydrogen bomb


The Hydrogen bomb was much more powerful than the first atomic bombs.

The US has ICBMs


Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles were stronger that the original atomic bombs and were accurately hitting targets 5,000 miles away.


October 25, 1962

American Military forces instructed to set DEFCON 2. It was the highest DEFCON setting the US has ever been.

SDI (Star Wars)


A satellite-based nuclear defense system, which would destroy incoming missiles and war heads in space.

Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces


US President Reagan and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev sign the IRNF. It is the first arms accord signed by the two countries that calls for the elimination of an entire class of weapons- intermediate-range missiles.

The Soviet Union Arms Race

The weapons advancements of the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

FIrst Soviet Atomic Bomb


No one thought the Soviet Union would make an atomic bomb that quickly.

First Soviet H-Bomb


The Soviets detonate their first hydrogen bomb.

Soviets detonate Tsar


Tsar Bomba (King of the bombs) was the equivalent to more than 50 million tons of TNT. It was than all the explosives used in WWII.

Cuban Missile Crisis


Soviets were positioning missiles on Cuba. The crisis ended on October 28.

Nuclear testing Moratorium


Arms Race Ends


Arms race ended when the Soviet Union and the United States signed the strategic Arms Reduction Act.

United States Space Race

The space advancements of the United States during the Cold War.

Explorer 1

January 31,1958

Explorer 1 in orbit and gathering scientific data.

Corona Starts


Development of Corona starts

Corona Rockets Launched


Corona rockets were launched and disguised as missions for the research program Discoverer.

Man on the Moon


Soviet Union Space Race

The space advancements of the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

Sputnik 1

October 4, 1957

Sputnik 1 in orbit.

Luna I


Luna 1 is the first craft to fly beyond Earth's orbit.

Luna 2


Luna 2 reached the moon's surface.

First Man to orbit


Yuri Gagarin flew into orbit with the Vostok 1 and became the first man in orbit.

Zenit Satellites launched


Zenit Satellites launched disguised as part of the research program Kosmos.