WATCH: Key moments in the conquest of space

2019-07-08 21:40

Of strategic and political significance, the conquest of space generated intense competition between the US and the then-Soviet Union during the Cold War.

In 1957, the Soviets were first to place a satellite - Sputnik - into orbit. A weeks later, a dog became the first living creature in space. Laika did not survive the journey, and there was no way to bring her back to Earth.

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