US vs USSR (Arms Race & Space Race)

US Arms Race

US first use of Atomic Bomb

1945

H-Bomb

1952

The US uses the H-Bomb

Massive Retaliation

1954

Idea Introduced by Eisenhower, fueled the idea of MAD

US developed ICBM tech.

1959

US developed MIRV systems

1968

added accuracy to missiles

Soviet Arms Race

USSR detonates their first Atomic Bomb

1949

H-Bomb

1953

Russians produce an H-Bomb

First ICBM missile launched by USSR

1957

Soviets Detonate Tsar Bomba

1961

USSR develop defensive ABM systems

1968

US Space Race

Explorer 1

1958

The first American satellite to reach orbit.

Pioneer 4

1959

Launched on a Earth-Moon trajectory.

Tiros 1

1960

First successful weather satellite, is launched

First American in Space

1961

Alan B. Shepard becomes the first American in space

John Glenn

1962

Orbits the Earth three times

Soviet Space Race

USSR launches Sputnik 1 & 2

1957

Sputnik 3 is launched

1958

Luna 1 is launched

1959

It is the first man made object to orbit the Sun

Yuri Gagarin

1961

Orbits the Earth once and becomes the first man in space

Valentia Tereshkova

1963

First woman in Space