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    Re: Who Won The Space Race?

    I am personally a huge fan of space exploration, I think exploration is one of the noblest and most honorable undertakings any person can do. It truly pushes the boundaries of so many things, human knowledge, technology, and so often in history is done by people who literally give everything just to see whats over the next horizon. Of course I realize thats a quite a fantastical way to look at exploration in history, but we all have to have our heroes no?

    Thats what I loved about the space race, it was a race in that the goal was to get their fast and first. Nothing spurs development like competition, which is why we went from our first manned space flight in 1961 to a moon landing in 1969. And I tell you if the USSR had landed on the moon as well, we'd have been on Mars in 10-20 years just to win the race.

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    Re: Who Won The Space Race?

    Actually - Germany, but they allowed hatred and greed to dominate during the Hitler era.

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    Re: Who Won The Space Race?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mayor Snorkum View Post
    No, you're not allowed to re-write history and make such blatant lies.
    Only in your little mind, Mayor.
    Eaglestar writes the truth.

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    Re: Who Won The Space Race?

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    ‎'Apollo was a political creation; science had very little to do with it. There was a "race" with the Russians and that was what the public saw and what they knew. Science was a hitchhiker, grubbing profits..and grateful for the chance; taken along because it would have been unseemly not to include it. After all, Apollo was going to a very mysterious place. But there was no mistaking that the Engineers were in charge and they were getting their orders from the White House. In all truth, that's what kept it going.

    But whatever it was, it was glorious"

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    Re: Who Won The Space Race?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mayor Snorkum View Post
    Look, the Russians have many accomplishments, but no honest measure of the Space Race, which concluded with the landing of Armstrong, Collins, and Aldrin on the carrier deck, can conclude anything but that the Russians came in second. Races are determined by who crosses the finish line first, people.
    In this case the USA moved the finish line after it failed to reach the original finish line first.

    Russians made it to space first. On the race to space, Russians got there first. That doesn't sit well in the middle of the cold war, we can't let those godless commies win, so obviously the space race should be the first to the moon not the first to space.

    Its like two brothers in a race to the house. They make a dash for it and for once the younger brother wins, grabbing the door and going in first before the older brother. Not wanting to let his younger brother win the older one yells out "Its the first one that gets to the couch in the living room!" and weaves his way through the house quicker than his younger sibling to land solidly on the couch going "Beat you again".

    The younger brother obviously won the race to the house, so the older one switched the goal posts to allow him his own chance to "win" the race.

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    Re: Who Won The Space Race?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    In this case the USA moved the finish line after it failed to reach the original finish line first.

    Russians made it to space first. On the race to space, Russians got there first. That doesn't sit well in the middle of the cold war, we can't let those godless commies win, so obviously the space race should be the first to the moon not the first to space.

    Its like two brothers in a race to the house. They make a dash for it and for once the younger brother wins, grabbing the door and going in first before the older brother. Not wanting to let his younger brother win the older one yells out "Its the first one that gets to the couch in the living room!" and weaves his way through the house quicker than his younger sibling to land solidly on the couch going "Beat you again".

    The younger brother obviously won the race to the house, so the older one switched the goal posts to allow him his own chance to "win" the race.
    I'm of the view that the space race wasn't about one perticular milestone or another. I'd actually argue that it either wasn't a race at all in the traditional sense as it didn't have an end, since as you say after one goal was reached the race moved onto the next one. OR that it was actually several races to achieve major milestones, such as first man in space, first orbit, first man on the moon, first space station, etc

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    Re: Who Won The Space Race?

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Unbelieveable....you really are. So you think the race ended at Yuri Gagarin?
    Unbelieveable....you really are. Do you always fail to read what is being responded to? Look at Palin's quote:

    "He [Obama] needs to remember what happened back then with the former communist USSR and their victory in that race to space"

    Do you know what "to" means?

    How did anything they did benefit the world, what did they advance?
    Are you really that delusional about the communist boogieman that you think the USSR didn't do anything to benefit the world technologically?

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    Re: Who Won The Space Race?

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    Only in your little mind, Mayor.
    Eaglestar writes the truth.
    Says the guy who thinks Germany won the space race.
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    Re: Who Won The Space Race?

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackdog View Post
    Says the guy who thinks Germany won the space race.
    Didn't they win the master race? Kinda like Master Chef, but more prone to sunburn.

    (I'll stop the tasteless jokes now)
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    Where the moon is glued to a picture of heaven
    And all the little pigs have God

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    Re: Who Won The Space Race?

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackdog View Post
    Says the guy who thinks Germany won the space race.
    I actually just looked it up and it seems it "could" be interpreted that way because the Nazi German space agency decided to move to America to get positions at NASA and they were a huge part of NASA's team for the moon and the launch of the Saturn rockets for the Apollo Lunar Program.

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