#176: The Space Race - Part One | The Early Years

English Learning for Curious Minds

15-07-2021 • 24 minutos

After the end of the Second World War, the US and the USSR were locked in a race to get to space first.

Discover how the race started, who scored all the early points, and why going to the moon first was the biggest prize in space history.

  • End of World War II & Nazi V2 rockets
  • The head of the USA space programme: Wernher von Braun
  • The head of the USSR space programme: Sergei Korolev
  • The early years of The Space Race
  • Why there was such a desire to get to space
  • Communism vs. Capitalism
  • The first Sputnik Satellite
  • Confusing The Americans
  • First animals into space
  • Yuri Gagarin: The first man in space
  • 1962: A bold claim from President John F. Kennedy
  • Next step "the moon"
  • The alternative "man on the moon" plans

Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/space-race-1


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