Arms and Space Race Timeline

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US Arms Race

Drop Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima

August 6, 1945

Atomic Energy Commissioner Lewis writes Truman to give priority to H-bomb

1949

President Truman announces his decision to develop the hydrogen bomb

1950

Truman confirms use of nuclear weapons in Korea being consideration.

1950

Royal Air Force fly photographic and radar reconnaissance missions over Soviet

1952

US Space Race

V-2 Rocket

9/3/1942

1st Monkey in Space

June 11, 1948

First American Satellite Enters Orbit Around Earth

1958

Pioneer 3

December 6,1958

Man on the Moon

1969

SU Arms Race

Development of Hydrogen Bomb

July 1948

Soviet physicist Andrei Sakharov moves to Arzamas, the secret weapons lab.

1949

First Soviet atomic bomb [first Soviet Test] is exploded in Kazakhstan.

1949

Soviet Union conducts its second nuclear test, an improved plutonium bomb.

1950

Soviet Premier Georgii Malenkov announces that USSR possesses hydrogen bomb.

1953

SU Space Race

V-2 Rocket

1943

Sputnik 1

Oct. 4, 1957

Send Dog Up to Space

November 3, 1957

Luna 1 is launched. It is the first man made object to orbit the Sun.

1959

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

1961