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Questions tagged [space-race]

In the narrow sense: politically and militarily motivated rivalry in space exploration between the USA and the USSR from 1957 to 1991. In the broad sense: rivalry in space exploration between two or more states or groups of states.

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Was splashing down on the USSR-controlled territory a possibility for Apollo missions?

From what I understand, the planned landing areas for Apollo command modules were pre-programmed beforehand and happened in the South Pacific. Was there any remote possibility of an emergency ...
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Where did the famous “end of decade” deadline come from?

In his address to Congress on 25th of May 1961, John F Kennedy committed for the first time to land a man on the Moon and bring him safely back before the end of the decade. But the feasibility ...
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Was there any “practical” advantage to having different crews for each Apollo landing?

So, out of the 24 men that went to Moon orbit and back during the Apollo program, just three of them did the trip twice, but landings where always done by a different crew. From the politician's ...
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What were the chances of failing the Apollo 11 mission? [duplicate]

What were the chances of the Apollo 11 mission failing? Consider the following scenarios: least one of the crewmembers dying, failing to land on the Moon, unable to return to Earth, the Soviets ...
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Were the Apollo 11 astronauts aware of any parts of the Luna 15 mission?

I just learned today about the Luna 15 mission which was a Soviet attempt to land an unmanned probe on the moon which coincided with the successful Apollo 11 mission. Were the Apollo 11 astronauts ...
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Could the Soviets have rounded the Moon before Apollo? Why didn't they?

Neither the USSR nor Russia has ever sent a cosmonaut beyond low Earth orbit. In the 1960's it would've been very challenging for them to land a cosmonaut on the Moon, and their attempts were aborted. ...
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Is there any truth to the claims of cosmonauts lost in space?

I've heard that during the space race era, many of the Soviet cosmonauts were lost in space. Or at least, such were the claims of some. So I wonder, is there any truth in these claims, or was that ...
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Were there significant instances of cooperation during the Space Race?

Earlier I asked about espionage during the Space Race. Were there any significant instances of cooperation during the Space Race? More specifically, I'm asking about cooperation: between the non-...
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Espionage in the Space Race

During the space race (let's say 1956 to 1969, US and USSR), were there any advances in space exploration technology that were stolen by the other side? I've read a lot about espionage in military ...
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Why did the Russians never land on the Moon?

During space race, the Russians were leading the game until the Gemini program (Gemini 6/7 rendezvous was the overtaking moment in my opinion). I do not know of any Soviet claim similar to Kennedy's ...