Out of This World Photos from the First Moon Landing

    Throughout the Cold War, which spanned between 1947 and 1991, the United States and the Soviet Union, entered what is referred to today as the space race. Both superpowers wanted to prove themselves superior by being the first to explore the unknown world of outer space.

    On October 4, 1957, the Soviets raised the bar when they launched the first man-made object into the Earth’s orbit. The object, named Sputnik (Russian for “traveler”), was an artificial satellite and it was exactly the motivation that Americans needed to step up their game.