Would anything be different if Russia won the space race?
"For the first living creatures in space, US launched dogs into
the captured V-2 rockets in 1946. The Russians were the first ones
to launch living beings on their own. They launched a dog in 1957
in Sputnik 2 but technology did not exist to retrieve it so it
died. They launched two more dogs later on in 1960 who orbited the
Earth and returned. The Russians also sent turtles to fly around
the moon in Zond 5 in 1968. The Russians also sent the first human
in space who was Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin in 1961 on Vostok 1 in
1962. The first dual-manned mission was also Russian and the first
woman in space was also Russian. The Russians beat us to a launch
with a multiple-personnel crew which did not have to wear space
suits. The Russians also did the first space walk in 1965. The
Russians were the first to reach the vicinity of the moon in 1959
and also to land a probe on the moon later in 1959. So as you can
see, the Russians clearly kicked our behind in the Space Race. The
only exception is Neil Armstrong landing on the moon first but that
only happened because of USSR officially announcing that they were
not concerned with putting a man on the moon." What the US did was
create an arbitrary goal (putting man on the moon) AFTER they won
it so they could feel good. They lost all the other "races", such
as putting the first satellite in space, along with everything else
mentioned above. The Russians DID win the "space race". But nothing
would really change if the US won. The Yahoo!Answers information is
misleading at best. The U.S. never launched dogs into space.
http://www.onpedia.com/encyclopedia/Animals-in-space The first
dual-manned mission was also Russian and the first woman in space
was also Russian - publicity stunts with no planned follow-up. The
Russians may have beat us to a launch with a multiple-personnel
crew which did not have to wear space suits with Voskhod 1 but it
was little more than a dangerous attempt to upstage the United
States' upcoming two-seat Gemini missions.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voskhod_1 The Russians also did the
first space walk in 1965 in an attempt yet again to upstage
publicly announced US plans but nearly ended in disaster when
Leonov found himself unable to re-enter the Voskhod 2 spacecraft
due to a hurriedly and poorly designed suit.
http://www.astronautix.com/flights/voskhod2.htm The Russians were
the first to reach the vicinity of the moon in 1959 but did not
successfully land a probe there until January 1966.
Vosktok program was technological dead-end in which the cosmonauts
had to eject and parachute to earth before the spacecraft landed.
Voskhod was an adapted Vosktok without an ejection seat that
crammed three and then two cosmonauts with an inflatable airlock
that was a deathtrap waiting to happen - a stopgap until the Soyuz
could fly. The first Soyuz caught up with the Soviets and ended in
the death of its pilot.
Russians clearly did not kick our behind in the Space Race. The
USSR only officially announced that they were not concerned with
putting a man on the moon after their N-1 booster failed