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Date: USSR detonates first A-Bomb

August 1949

Year: Americans expected the Russians to have their first A-Bomb


What was the policy of Constant Readiness?

US Strategic Air Command (SAC)

Decide on 6000 targets to be hit in USSR in case of war

Year: SAC decide on policy of Constant Readiness


Date: USA Detonates its first Hydrogen Bomb

November 1952

Date: USSR Detonates its first Hydrogen Bomb

August 1953

Date: USA develops H-Bomb small enough to be dropped from bomber

March 1954

Date: USSR drops test H-Bomb from a bomber

September 1954

Which year did U2 planes begin their reconnaissance over the USSR?


Date: Russian development of ICBMs

May 1957

Where did the development of ICBMs take place?

Secret base in Baykonyr, Kazakhstan

Date: Sputnik I

October 1957

Date: Sputnik II

November 1957

Year: NASA launched


Date: Explorer Satellite (USA) launched

February 1958

Who was the first man in space?

Yuri Gagarin

Date: First man in space

April 1961

Which missiles could reach the USSR as Russian missiles could supposedly reach the USA? Which year were these developed?

Atlas and Minuteman missiles. Developed in 1959

Years: Apollo Missions


By which year had the USA gained a lead in ICBMs?


What were the benefits to both countries of the Space Race?

Domestic and international propaganda

Encouraged more education, engineering and innovation which could be applied to the military. This sped up the development of propulsion technology for the delivery of nuclear weapons.

Benefits of the Polaris submarine-based missiles. (1961)

Harder to locate exact position of launch

Easier to get closer to target