The Space Race: Definition, History & Timeline


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The starting point of the 'Space Race' is considered to be _____

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1. Both America and the Soviet Union had programs whose aim was to reach the moon. The name of the American program was _____ while the name of the Soviet was _____

2. Why did winning the 'Space Race' become so important to the U.S. and Soviet Union during the 60's ?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The space race is one of the more memorable elements of the Cold War waged between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. This quiz will have you recall various facts about this period of the 20th century.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This space race quiz has the goal of testing your ability to:

  • Recall the name of the first satellite launched into orbit
  • Remember the names of the programs that intended to reach the Moon
  • Know the first sitting president to forward the idea of a mission to the Moon
  • Identify the first American to enter space
  • Name the agency Eisenhower created for the space race

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - draw the most relevant information from the related western civilization lesson
  • Information recall - remember all the space race knowledge you've recently acquired
  • Knowledge application - use what you've learned to identify key names associated with the Cold War-era space race

Additional Learning

The lesson titled The Space Race: Definition, History & Timeline covers the following objectives:

  • Provide the context of the Cold War
  • Examine some of the first people and satellites launched into space
  • Relate the story of Neil Armstrong landing on the Moon