Cold War Arms Race/Space Race

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US Arms Race

Dropped Bomb on on Hiroshima

August 6, 1945

Truman approves H-bomb development

January 30, 1950

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

July 11,1957

Soviet Union Arms Race

begins assembly of first full-scale nuclear reactor. USSR

November 10, 1946

Gets first atomic Bomb

August 29,1949

US Space Race

Explorer 1 satellite first to reach orbit

January 31,1958

Explorer 2 Fails to reach orbit

March 5,1958

Alan B. Shepard becomes the first American in space

May 5,1961

Charles Bassett and Elliott See die when their plane crashes in bad weather.

February 28,1966

Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin the first men to walk the Moon.

July 20, 1969

Soviet Union Space Race

USSR launches Sputnik 1

October 4,1957

USSR launches Sputnik 2 which carried a small dog named Laika into orbit

November 3,1957

Alexei Leonov spends 12 minutes outside his Voskhod spacecraft first spacewalk.

March 18,1965

Luna 10 becomes the first satellite to orbit the Moon.

April 3,1966

Soyuz 4 & 5 perform the first Soviet spacecraft docking.

January 16, 1969