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Cold War
(1947-1991)



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The Space Race

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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.31

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    capitalist, communist, outdo, launched, military, conflict, technological, achievement, satellite, organization, technology, launch, superior, nation, powerful, scientific
     content words:    United States, Cold War, Soviet Union, Space Race, In July, Sputnik I., Sputnik II, National Aeronautics, Space Administration, International Space Station
The Space Race

By Cindy Grigg
1     In the 1950s, the United States and the U.S.S.R. were having a Cold War. This nonviolent conflict would last more than forty years. Each of these countries wanted to be the world's most powerful nation. The United States was a capitalist country. The U.S.S.R. (or Soviet Union) was a communist country. Each country thought it was superior. Each tried to outdo the other.
 
2     The Space Race really began earlier. An organization called the ICSU announced in 1952 that mid-1957 to the end of 1958 would be a good time to launch an artificial satellite. In July 1955, the United States began their efforts to make one. The U.S. satellite was named Vanguard.
 
3     On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I. Sputnik I was the first manmade object sent to space. It was only the size of a basketball, but it was a very big achievement for the Soviet Union! This success led to increased tensions between the two superpowers.

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