Remember, the U.S. now has to rely on Russia to get to the International Space station with the retirement of all U.S. space shuttles.
Quite a "Sputnik" moment. Obviously Russia isn't an immediate threat, just ironic we are in this situation with Russia of all countries. Russia started the original space race in 1961, prompting the U.S. to put a man on the moon, and has invested a significant amount of money in their space program throughout the past 20 years.
On April 12, 1961, Russia started the 20th century space race, sending its first cosmonaut, Yury Gagarin, into orbit for 108 hours aboard the Vostok spacecraft. Fifty years later, the country’s president Dimitry Medvedev is talking about the world’s next space race: a nuclear powered manned space flight to Mars.
Back in the Soviet era, competition with the US pushed Moscow to invest heavily in space flight and new technology.
The good news according to American astronauts:
Russia could quickly fall behind America after the U.S. builds a new-generation Orion spaceship.
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