Can You Answer These Questions About the Cold War?

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From the space race to international spies and intrigue, space satellites, nuclear weapons, and military invasions, the Cold War was a tense period in the world's history that lasted for more than 40 years. The key players were the US and the Soviet Union, but it affected many other countries around the world. What do you know about that era? Take this quiz and see how you measure against the rest!

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The Space Race

The Space Race was a competition of space exploration between the United States and the Soviet Union and lasted roughly from 1957 to 1975. It involved efforts to explore outer space with artificial satellites, to send humans into space, and to land people on the Moon. Early Soviet successes in the space race had a major impact on US society and culture, as well as military and education initiatives. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), was created in 1958 as the federal agency with primary responsibility for the development of civilian aerospace research.

The race to space was won by the Soviet Union. In October of 1957, Sputnik I orbited the Earth and transmitted radio signals for twenty-one days before burning up in the Earth’s atmosphere. Sputnik II was launched the following month, in November, carrying a dog named Laika. In May 1958, the Soviets launched Sputnik III, which weighed almost three thousand pounds. Continuing their run of successful launches, the Soviets in 1959 sent a space probe, Lunik III, to photograph the dark side of the Moon. In April 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man to enter Earth’s orbit, in a single-pilot spacecraft called Vostok I.

The Americans were not far behind, however, and one month later, in May, Alan Shepard became the first American in space, piloting a 15-minute suborbital flight. In February 1962, John Glenn became the first American to enter Earth’s orbit. And of course, who can forget the first Moon landing in 1969, when the astronauts of the Apollo 11 mission - Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins - became the first people to set foot on the Moon.

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