The first space race begins when the Soviet Union sends its own satellite in response in 1957 and then in 1958 by the United States. This competition, which led to the establishment of the American Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which directs space studies, is seen as one of the most important events that accelerate the development of space technology.

Sputnik 1 Satellite

Starting point of “Space Race”

The Soviet Union both produced the first space satellite and started the space race with the USA. The “Beep” of the artificial satellite Sputnik, launched into space by Russia on October 4, 1957, was heard all over the world. Carried by the Vostok-K rocket, Sputnik was able to give scientists information about the density of the atmosphere and the ionosphere in low earth orbit. The race, to which the USA responded with the Exporer 1 satellite carried by the Jupiter-C rocket in 1958, provided groundbreaking evidence of the existence of the Van Allen radiation belt, which protects the world from harmful solar radiation. Sputnik 1, which sent radio signals to the world for 22 days, revolved around the Earth for three months and burned down when it entered the atmosphere.

Explorer 1

The NASA Space Adventure exhibition, which will allow to rediscover this historical event, will host models of the Explorer 1 and Sputnik 1 satellites, as well as the models of spacecrafts, including the Apollo capsule model that took humanity to the Moon in this race, and invites its visitors to a breathtaking spaceship as of November 16. will take you on your journey.

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Michael Lewis


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