Race to Space

Last month marked 50 years since the American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin achieved the first moon landing.

It was the peak event in the race to space rivalry, involving the United Sates and Russia during the Cold War era that had divided the globe between the two superpowers.

The debacle the Soviet Union in 1991, and the subsequent turmoil within the previous Russian satellite states, meant at the time that it was pointless for the Americans to prove their supremacy with more outer space achievements.

By then the Americans were more interested in make use of the accomplished experience in rocket  and spacecraft technology ,instead of  further outer space conquests, for defence purposes,  such as Strategic Defence Initiative, commonly known  as “Star Wars”.

The “Star Wars” programme, devised in 1983 in the President Reagan era, was an American airspace military tactical defensive system against possible Soviet Union nuclear attacks, which since then set off a multinational chase to control the space for cyber warfare purposes.

The deploy of more and more sophisticated satellite imagery weaponry and the development of drones was undoubtedly initiated by the epic saga, of not only the first men that landed on the moon , but also all the advanced technology of the teams of American astronauts and scientists that contributed to the whole space project.

That is why,  half a century after the epic extraterrestrial voyage ,  our family  decided to visit the NASA space centre in Cape Canaveral in Florida to show the younger generation the most astounding  achievements of our age and the history of the men and machines that made it possible.

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