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    Posted: 23-Nov-2007 at 18:53
America was the first nation to the moon but the Soviets were the first to space who really was the winner?
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  Quote Guests Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-Nov-2007 at 19:05
Obviously the U.S.. They reach the moon, first.
Yes, the Soviet Union has priority on the first man on space, the first woman and the first walk, besides many other first. However, the goal was to reach the moon. And that was achieved by the U.S.. The Soviet Union tried and failled, I am afraid. The N1 rocket
 
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  Quote communist Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-Nov-2007 at 19:10
But why is called the space race if the deciding moment was when the U.S. landed on the moon.
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  Quote communist Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-Nov-2007 at 19:11
If it was the Moon race i could see u justifying that the U.S. won but it wasnt a race to the moon but a race to Space
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  Quote Guests Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-Nov-2007 at 19:15

Take the case of the shuttle Buran, then. The Americans also won:



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  Quote Akolouthos Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-Nov-2007 at 19:15
Where is the "tie"? In lieu of this option, I'll have to go with the U.S. I think that the Space Race was really won when the Russians and Americans realized they could cooperate with each other in achieving their objectives. Look at the International Space Station. Anyway, just my two cents.

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Well, Russians surpassed Americans in the earliest space stations...
 
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That's true, perhaps the space race hasn't finish yet... they are in a stand by situation.
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  Quote Sarmat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-Nov-2007 at 20:13
Russians were the first in Space period
 
The landing on the Moon etc. were just the consequences of the Soviet break through.
 
 


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  Quote Paul Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-Nov-2007 at 20:26
Depends whether you consider the space race a business enterprise or a scientific one. remember there are a 100 commercial space flights for every scientific one.
 
If the Space Race is a scientific one, the Americans won hands down. If it is an commercial one, Europe won hands downs.
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  Quote Crystall Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-Nov-2007 at 21:52
Originally posted by communist

If it was the Moon race i could see u justifying that the U.S. won but it wasnt a race to the moon but a race to Space
 
Your just playing with words here.. obviously if you consider the first IN space then yes the Soviets won.. but that is not what the space race really was.
 
 
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  Quote Constantine XI Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24-Nov-2007 at 01:51
Space race is the name, not moon race, so the USSR deserves the honour very clearly. They beat the US in most endeavours except actually landing man on the moon.
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  Quote deadkenny Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24-Nov-2007 at 03:34
In terms of a 'race' or a 'competition', the Soviets got an early lead, then the US 'crushed' them - total slam dunk.

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  Quote Kamikaze 738 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25-Nov-2007 at 05:19
Yea, both nations had their share of glory during the period so I would say it is somewhat a tie...
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  Quote Aster Thrax Eupator Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25-Nov-2007 at 09:40

I don't think I was due to any lack of technical ability by the USSR (after all, they did send the first probe to space - Spuntik 3 and the first probe to the moon - Luna 9), but economic issues. They couldn't have won because the stresses that we all know racked their society just became too much. In the '80s with starwars, the USSR could probably have designed something just as good, but didn't have the money to make it.

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Originally posted by Aster Thrax Eupator

I don't think I was due to any lack of technical ability by the USSR (after all, they did send the first probe to space - Spuntik 3 and the first probe to the moon - Luna 9), but economic issues. They couldn't have won because the stresses that we all know racked their society just became too much. In the '80s with starwars, the USSR could probably have designed something just as good, but didn't have the money to make it.
 
In the case of the space shuttle Buran, I agree with you that the failure was lack of resources. In fact, the shuttle flew once to space, although flown by wire, so it is obvious it worked.
 
However, the case of N1 and the soviet project to reach the moon is different. In there, there was major engineering problems and not lack of resources. The Americas achieved with the Saturn V something the Soviets only dream.
 
Why Soviets fail? Engineering is hard business, particularly when trying with large scale new technology. Perhaps they took the wrong design in a point of the development or perhaps they just have bad luck.
 
But Americans reached the moon ...


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apes and dogs won we was just the pit crew to there glory
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  Quote pekau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-Nov-2007 at 22:40
Techinically, the Soviets won for entering space for the first time. (Both manned and unmanned). Americans incoperated space race into their economy and other aspects of life while the Soviets used it for pure military and security purposes... so Americans used space exploration more efficiently...
 
But I don't think anyone really won the space race. Access to space is still quite limited. Just because Vikings discovered America first doesn't mean they won the race to find the New World, right? The race for New World was concluded when transportation, communication and colonization of North/South America have been established. Space race is still going on, though US is very much ahead for now.
     
   
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  Quote Guests Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01-Dec-2007 at 00:37
Yeap. And there haven't been any trip to the Moon in the last 35 years!!!
The next trip there will be in 2020! 50 years after the first trip. And that with luck because the U.S. could suspend the program like it has done with many others before.
 
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  Quote mamikon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01-Dec-2007 at 02:11
the USSR/Russia has had 75% of world's total space flights...hence my vote
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  Quote Penelope Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01-Dec-2007 at 07:58
It doesnt matter who supposedly "won", what matters is the fact that the human race as a whole, has reached a new plateau so to speak.
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