“I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on what’s being proposed here, he’d agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute.” - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.
Depends greatly on how you define it.
In America its generally defined as the race to get to the moon. Not surprising, the race to get to the moon is the race America won.
It could be equally legitimate to suggest that the first to make it INTO space was the winning of the space race, as typically the first to get to where you're trying to go is the winner.
You could easily say that America won the Race to the Moon while the USSR won the Race to Space.
Ultimately its a matter of opinion based on what arbitrary goal post you stick in for your designation of what the "Space Race" was. There wasn't some universal checked flag sitting there that marked the boundries. Simply because the US takes a view point of it that places them as the winner and "any 6th grader" could know that does not mean its some kind of absolute truth or measuring stick.
Of the things to quibble about in Palin's statement, you've grasped the wrong one.
"I am appalled that somebody who is the nominee...would take that kind of position"
"A court took away a presidency"
"...the brother of a man running for president was the governor of the state..."
It's horrifying because Trump is blunt instead of making overt implications.
In terms of overall gains from and in the race to space including the moon, I would give it to the USA. In terms of just first in space the former Soviet Union.
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