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How did the USSR beat us to space?

By that I mean, why was the first man in space a Soviet and not an American?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    We sent Monkeys first to be sure it was safe.

    on the hand Russia did not give a rats azz so sent a human.

  • 1 decade ago

    Because it was a race back then and they had a jump start on us in space, and did not concern themselves as much with perhaps personal safety of the men in orbit. Now most countries, including the former USSR, take more pride in being reliable and safe in orbit than just getting there, and how well. We did the first man on the moon, and the USA has had shuttles for a while, and both have been working on the International Space Station. If it is truly important, and worthwile, we could be the first to have a man back on the moon or to mars, but the importance of being first with the economy the way it is might hold some back. Just a note.

  • 1 decade ago

    NASA had issues with the first Apollo missions. Well, almost all of the Apollo missions had issues. The Soviets beat us to the punch using German technology. It was short lived as we were the first to orbit and land on the moon.

    We were also unaware that the Soviets had advanced as far as they did at the time. Spying became a real big gig after that.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The Soviet space programme was sponsored by the state - the Good old U S of A put tenders out and went with the lowest bidder for every step of their space programme.

    The good old free market claimed the lives of brave men like Grissom and Chaffee.

  • 5 years ago

    success? yet finally look what has surpassed off. the U.S. have been the 1st to deliver a distant controlled cellular robotic to a distinctive planet. Roll forward 0.5 a century. at present different than for the frivolity commonplace because of fact the ISS, guy keeps his ft firmly on the floor, and area businesses everywhere do intense technology by potential of sending robots to different planets. the U.S. could have been at the back of the political race of the Nineteen Sixties, yet finally they have been the 1st to nicely known that the way forward for area belongs to the robots. Cheers!

  • 1 decade ago

    Because the Soviets captured many German rocket scientists after WWII and used them to build the rockets.

  • The soviets captured more German scientists after WWII as well as many of their launch facilities, V-2s, and prototype rockets which were based in eastern Germany. This gave them a several year head start on us.

    The US captured several of the good German rocket scientists, but we didn't have any of their hardware to study and copy.

  • 1 decade ago

    An interest in Technology led by the government, with government direction & resourcing.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Its a shame NO ONE has actually made it on the moon & it was faked !

    USSR - used to be a super power too!!

  • 1 decade ago

    They were the first to put a man in orbit! We kept playing around with monkeys!

  • 1 decade ago

    Who cares?

    We planted the first flag on the moon... they tried that in space, and the thing just floated away...

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