Only A TRUE American Can Ace This Ultimate Space Age Race Quiz. Can You?

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Are you a NASA nerd?

Do you know everything there is to know about the space race during the 1960s? Test your knowledge now!

 Jul 04, 2020

1 of 18Pick Your Answer!

As both sides announced plans to launch satellites into orbit, what year did the space race kick off?
2005
1901
1955

2 of 18Pick Your Answer!

Which side launched the first artificial satellite into space?
U.S.A
U.S.S.R.

3 of 18Pick Your Answer!

What does "Sputnik" mean?
Universe
Earth
Traveler

4 of 18Pick Your Answer!

In 1958, what did the Americans name their first satellite?
Explorer 1
Challenger
Apollo 13

5 of 18Pick Your Answer!

When was NASA founded?
1958
1996
1850

6 of 18Pick Your Answer!

Which president signed the order that authorized the formation of NASA?
Nixon
Eisenhower
Roosevelt

7 of 18Pick Your Answer!

What was the name of the first space probe to actually hit the moon?
Luna 2
Cosmos
Sputnik

8 of 18Pick Your Answer!

Who was the first human to orbit the Earth?
Sally Ride
Yuri Gagarin
Alan Shepard

9 of 18Pick Your Answer!

What was the name of the vessel that carried Garagin around the Earth?
Vostok 1
Phoenix
Challenger

10 of 18Pick Your Answer!

The U.S.A project aimed to sending man into space was called ___.
Universal
Axel
Mercury

11 of 18Pick Your Answer!

Who was the first American in space?
Sally Ride
Alan Shepard
Michael Collins

12 of 18Pick Your Answer!

Which president boldly claimed in 1961 that the U.S. would land a man on the moon by the end of the decade?
Eisenhower
Johnson
Kennedy

13 of 18Pick Your Answer!

Who was the first American to orbit the Earth?
Alan Shepard
John Glenn
Jim Lovell

14 of 18Pick Your Answer!

What did NASA call its lunar landing program?
Apollo
Infinity
Mercury

15 of 18Pick Your Answer!

The first humans to land on the moon were from ___.
U.S.S.R.
U.S.A

16 of 18Pick Your Answer!

Who was the first man to walk on the moon?
Michael Collins
Buzz Aldrin
Neil Armstrong

17 of 18Pick Your Answer!

What type of animal was the first living creature to orbit the Earth?
Bird
Dog
Lizard

18 of 18Pick Your Answer!

True Or False: The United States has never sent a woman into space.
True
False
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The race for space between the United States and the Soviets was more than just another battle in the Cold War — it was a race for the cosmos. The Space Race refers to the 20th century competition between two Cold War rivals, the Soviet Union (USSR) and the United States (US), for dominance in spaceflight capability. It began as a missile-based nuclear arms race between the two nations that occurred following World War II. The need to acquire domination over space technology came about as a desire for national security as well as a wish for ideological superiority. Because of the Space Race, NASA and other programs pioneered efforts to launch artificial satellites, uncrewed space probes of the Moon / Venus / Mars, and human spaceflight in low Earth orbit and to the Moon. But just how much do you remember about this exciting time in our nation's history? Think you know all there is to know about outer space? Well, you're probably wrong... but we'll see! Put that brain to the test with this quiz! Take our quiz to test your knowledge about the great space race now! You've gotta be as bright as the sun to pass! Are you smart enough for NASA? How much do you actually know about space, our solar system, and our galaxy during the Space Race? Find out your outer space IQ now! So what are you waiting for? Hit the play button now and prove you are both a history scholar and a space nerd all in one!