At the conclusion of World War II, the allied forces led by the United States and the Soviet Union celebrated the victory over
the armies led by Germany and Japan. However, the task of restoring order in the world after fell primarily to these two countries.
When it came to the ideas of each country, that's where the differences occurred. The differing ideologies of communist Russia and free
America, presented many obstacles to restoring global peace.
Because of the strong differences between the countries, tensions between the countries started to reach alarming status. These two super
powers started to build strong armies and began stockpiling nuclear weapons that could be used in the event of a real war between the two nations.
However, what happened was that a cold war started between the two countries. For the next several decades these two countries competed in everything
from athletics to politics to space.
In the 1950's the United States and the Soviet Union began to explore the ideas of being the first country into space. Politically,
this was seen as a big bonus on the winning side. This set in motion a series of events over the next several decades that became
known as the space race. While each country can claim victories, both countries were ultimately the winners, and the space race concluded
with joint efforts of a space station that was inhabited by both countries.
To learn more about the space race and the space program history of the United States and the Soviet Union, we have put together the following links and information:
Cold War Information Collection of articles, videos and other information about the tension between the Soviet Union and USA, from the History Channel.
Timeline Chronological listing of key events in history of the Cold War, including the space race, from the end of World War II until the early 1990's.
BBC Cold War Information from the BBC on the events of the late 20th Century that were part of the super power conflict.