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U.S. announces the beginning of the 'space race'...



Item # 643926

July 30, 1955

NEW YORK TIMES, July 30, 1955 

* Space Race begins
* U.S. vs. Soviet Union


The front page has a nice 3-line headline which essentially announced the creation of the "space race" between the United States and the Soviet Union: "U.S. To Launch Earth Satellite 200-300 Miles Into Outer Space; World Will Get Scientific Data" with various subheads as well as 2 photos of the "Man-made Satellite..." with further details (see). In reality the Soviets would take the lead in the space race with the successful launch of Sputnik 1 in October, 1957. The American would respond 4 months later with a spectacular failure, to be followed-up by its first space success in early 1958 (see hyperlink for much more).
The announcement in this newspaper is part of the Wikipedia report on the space race (see). This is a very notable event, essentially announcing the start of the now-famous space race & as such a cornerstone issue for any space collection.
Incomplete issue containing 8 of the 28 pages but all content on this event was kept with loads of text inside. Two small library stamps in the masthead, archival mend on the back page, otherwise good.

Category: The 20th Century

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