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Would anything be different if Russia won the space race?

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February 08, 2009 12:26AM

"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.

http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/lunar/lunarussr.html The

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.

http://space.about.com/cs/deceasedcosmonaut/a/soyuz1crash.htm The

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

repeatedly. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N1_rocket


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