Race Timeline

U.S. Arms Race

Creation of the Atomic Bomb

July 16, 1945

Dropped the first Atomic Bomb

August 6, 1945

U.S. Developed H-Bomb

1951

U.S. tests the H-Bomb

August 12, 1957

Creation of the MIRV system

1968

Soviet Union Arms Race

Drop their first bomb

August 29, 1949

Create H-Bomb

1953

Launches first ICBM Missile

August 21, 1957

Create Tsar Missile

October 1961

Cuban Missile Crisis

October, 1962

U.S. Space Race

Launches first satellite

January 31, 1958

Tiros 1 is launched

April 1, 1960

Alan B. Shepard is the first American in space

April 5, 1961

Lunar Orbiter takes the first picture of Earth

August 14, 1966

Neil Armstrong & Edwin Aldrin are the first men to walk on the Moon

July 20, 1969

Soviet Union Space Race

Launch Sputnik

1957

Launch a dog into space

November 3, 1957

Launch Luna, first man-made object to orbit the Sun

January 2, 1959

Photographs Moon's surface

October 4, 1959

Yuri Gagarin orbits Earth

April 12, 1961