Two Sides of the Moon: Our Story of the Cold War Space Race by David Randolph ScottAn extraordinary book.
---Arthur C. Clarke
Space was one of the most fiercely fought battlegrounds of the Cold War, the Moon its ultimate beachhead.
In this dual autobiography, Apollo 15 commander David Scott and cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, the first man to ever walk in space, recount their exceptional lives and careers spent on the cutting edge of science and space exploration—and their participation in the greatest technological race ever—to land a man on the Moon.
With each mission fraught with perilous tasks, and each space program touched by tragedy, these parallel tales of adventure and heroism read like a modern-day thriller. Cutting fast between their differing recollections, this book reveals, in a very personal way, the drama of one of the most ambitious contests ever embarked on by man, set against the conflict that once held the world in suspense: the clash between Communism and Western democracy.
Through the mens memoirs, their courage, passion for exploration, and determination to push themselves to the limit, emerge not only through their triumphs but also through their perseverance in times of extraordinary difficulty and danger.
Two Sides of the Moon is unique among space histories. If you are looking for a balanced, interesting, and personal account of the American and Soviet space programs during the 1960s and 1970s this is it.
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Which Countries Was the Space Race Between?
The technology used in the space race has origins to Adolf Hitler's Germany - the Nazis developed the V2 rocket as a weapon, which would become the basis of modern day rockets. This contest pitted the two superpowers directly against one another as both were trying to prove their technological dominance. With the development of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles ICBM , that had the ability to leave the Earth's atmosphere, a war for space supremacy began. On July 31, , The United States publicly declared it would launch an artificial satellite, and only 2 days later, the Soviet Union declared the same. On October 4, , Sputnik was launched by the Soviet Union. In order to ensure authenticity of the satellite, the scientist who designed Sputnik fitted the satellite with a transmitter that would send a simple beeping signal back to Earth. This signal was created with the purpose of amateur radio operators from anywhere on Earth being able to hear it.
One of the most important forms of non-violent competition between the U. It had its origins in the missile-based nuclear arms race between the two nations following World War II, aided by captured German missile technology and personnel from their missile program. The technological superiority required for such supremacy was seen as necessary for national security and symbolic of ideological superiority. The Space Race spawned pioneering efforts to launch artificial satellites, unmanned space probes of the Moon, Venus, and Mars, and human space flight in low Earth orbit and to the Moon. The race peaked with the July 20, , U. The USSR tried but failed manned lunar missions, and eventually cancelled them and concentrated on Earth orbital space stations.
The space race was a series of competitive technology demonstrations between the United States and the Soviet Union, aiming to show superiority in spaceflight.
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Beginning of the space race
With a single shot, the Soviet Union not only launched the first artificial satellite but also officially inaugurated a "space race" with the United States. Sputnik — sometimes called Sputnik 1 — went into space on Oct. The achievement sent a shockwave through the American public, who had felt a sense of technological superiority amid a post-war economic boom. Was the United States falling behind? Could Sputnik be a play on the part of the Soviets to put arms in space?