Why does everything have to be about race?
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Last edited by Black Dog; 01-29-11 at 11:05 AM.
No Lives Matter
I've met people in the States who say the USSR won, and people from the USSR who say the States won, as well as the perhaps more patriotic viewpoints.
However, I myself have to side with the Soviet Union on this one. Many Americans think that the space race came to a close when Armstrong walked on the moon -- but much of the rest of the world doesn't see it that way.
I prefer to look at it in terms of "firsts", and their importance. The Soviet Union launched the first man-made object into space, made the first satellite to orbit the Earth, launched the first living beings into space, launched the first person into space, created the first satellite network, landed a craft on the moon first, and built the first space station. The Americans put a man on the moon, and were the first to send a probe to Mars and other celestial bodies.
To be honest, the Soviet Union's list of achievements here looks to me far more impressive than the United States -- not to mention the fact that the USSR's achievements hold much greater strategic value than the US's.
Either way, though, it hardly matters now. There are American, French and Russian cosmonauts on board the Russian-built space station, with shuttles launching from anywhere from Baikonur to Guyana to Florida, working for the benefit of all humanity. Who won the race decades ago is irrelevant.