Additionally, it should be pointed out that the Soviet Union explored space for scientific and human advancement. The US did it to try to one-up the ‘evil communists’

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NASA put the first American in space though. Russia didn’t even start flying Americans to space until the 90s

@AgreeableLandscape
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Also, there wasn’t any actual set goal. The “race” had no designated finish line so it wasn’t a race at all, so how the US can logically say they won is beyond me.

Who says otherwise? Same people who say the UK won WW2?

The USSR put the first satellite and the first man in space. The USA was so embarrassed about losing the space race they made a huge effort to go to the moon, to save face. You could say they won the “moon race” if you like. But I don’t think anybody else was racing.

I love how america was going insane because it was a race somehow and the USSR was chillin just trying to do space stuff.

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I don’t know if either side could claim they won the race, surely launching the first human into space should’ve garnered much more recognition. But considering the Soviet and the US were one-upping eachother everywhere (like with enormous nuclear powered aircraft carriers and stupid huge submarines), it seems like the cope of a decade to claim the Soviet Union was just “doing space stuff”.

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The whole post is a cope, welcome to tankieland

@evanstucker
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Anyone watching https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For_All_Mankind_(TV_series) ? It’s a pretty interesting show that follows an alternate history where the Soviets also got a man on the moon first.

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How is it? If it is nothing more than typical representation of USSR bad and inefficient while USA is superior in almost every field. I’m surely gonna love to skip.

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1976, Viking probes, first spacecraft on Mars to not immediately shit itself. Immediately started sending back plenty of nice data.

comfy
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Sure, but off-topic

@jackalope
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How is this off topic? Disagreeing with the op isn’t off topic my dude. Fragile.

comfy
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Would you prefer the more accurate term ‘non-sequitur’?

@pingveno
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Point is, this leaves out any achievement where the US had a “win” unless it was so famous as to be unavoidable.

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They’re left out because it’s explicitly a list of the first group to reach a place. That’s the concept of a ‘race’. Coming second and doing better is noteworthy but irrelevant. And if you want to say that the idea of it being a race is therefore stupid, I would agree.

The point of the post (as referenced in the title) is that the brag of “winning the space race” held by most in the US is literally false by almost every metric.

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