Who won the space race?

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Who won the space race?

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Come on, what do you reckon FFS?
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The US. The Ruskies may have got many firsts, but man on the moon trumps all. My knowledge of the history of the space race after that time is a bit sketchy, but it appeared that the Commie Bastards reduced their efforts once America had got to the moon.
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Is it over?
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Jeff the Bear wrote:The US. The Ruskies may have got many firsts, but man on the moon trumps all. My knowledge of the history of the space race after that time is a bit sketchy, but it appeared that the Commie Bastards reduced their efforts once America had got to the moon.
I look at it the other way. There are shit loads of moons, but only one space.

Either way, the space race was great. Hopefully we see another one with US and China (and maybe Europe and India too)
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Jeff the Bear wrote:The US. The Ruskies may have got many firsts, but man on the moon trumps all. My knowledge of the history of the space race after that time is a bit sketchy, but it appeared that the Commie Bastards reduced their efforts once America had got to the moon.
The moon was an awesome feat, especially how long ago. Having said that I'm still undecided.
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Who sent the monkey into space?
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:lol:

Its a Marathon and we've only just out of the start line.
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It's only just beginning.

Sending a small capsule into space, in what is essentially the warhead space of an ballistic missile is 1930's technology.

It would be interesting to see where a new 'shuttle' type technology would go today. Force your way to space, or glide out ?
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You guys don't seriously believe the USA actually got to the moon, do you?






*Waits for Silver*
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Didn't Krushev refuse to sign off on a plan to develop a soviet moon mission? What could have been...
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NZ is currently in the lead.
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WoodlandsRFC wrote:NZ is currently in the lead.
Rightly so. Spiritual Guardians and all that.


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Redsfan wrote:You guys don't seriously believe the USA actually got to the moon, do you?






*Waits for Silver*
You have to wonder what he'll make of this article.

http://phys.org/news/2016-01-equation-l ... eveal.html
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Killer Rabbit wrote:
WoodlandsRFC wrote:NZ is currently in the lead.
Rightly so. Spiritual Guardians and all that.


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Which ever country comes up with warp speed will have won it.
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Croft wrote:Which ever country comes up with warp speed will have won it.

Until someone comes up with warp speed plus 1 :twisted:
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How come we put a man on the moon in 1969...

And wheels on luggage in 1989?
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Not enough room until the Shuttle.
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maxbox wrote:Didn't Krushev refuse to sign off on a plan to develop a soviet moon mission? What could have been...

The USSR had unmanned moon missions crashing on the surface of the moon long before the Americans did.
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The USA spent loads of money developing a pen that could write upside down. The Commies took a pencil.
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jdogscoop wrote:How come we put a man on the moon in 1969...

And wheels on luggage in 1989?
But still can't watch an AB test match on TV when it's raining.
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blackblackblack wrote:The USA spent loads of money developing a pen that could write upside down. The Commies took a pencil.
Alas that story isn't true. They also used pencils.
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jdogscoop wrote:How come we put a man on the moon in 1969...

And wheels on luggage in 1989?
Surely you jest? No one thought to put wheels on luggage until the 80s? :lol:

I guess sometimes the obvious just aren't that obvious.
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blackblackblack wrote:The USA spent loads of money developing a pen that could write upside down. The Commies took a pencil.
Corny homespun myth
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Soviets got there first I suppose.
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Or maybe these two

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deadduck wrote:
maxbox wrote:Didn't Krushev refuse to sign off on a plan to develop a soviet moon mission? What could have been...

The USSR had unmanned moon missions crashing on the surface of the moon long before the Americans did.
Ah sorry I should of said manned moon mission :blush: Anyways they were having food problems even back then so I guess it wasn't much of a priority...
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As ever, The Simpsons have the answer.

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kiap wrote:Or maybe these two

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Old folk might remember the monkey-in-a-rocket punchline - Big fúcken deal, two fúcken feet - but can they remember the rest of the joke*?

*I hope so because trying to type hand-movements would be a bridge way too far for me.
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First satellite in space
First monkey in space
First man in space
The Most Glorious Republic of the Socialist Soviet Union :thumbup:

Nasa currently have no way of getting people into space, and the only way to get their astronauts to the ISS is to ask the Russians to put them on one of their rockets
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Was the problem with the Russian space program not that it had serious cutbacks after Gagarin and never even attempted to develop the tech needed to get to the moon? Was a great BBC documentary about it a wee while ago.
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The yanks won the moon-race, but the ruskies did the first space walk and therefore won the space-race.

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Russia and China are the only countries putting people into space at the moment. Everyone else is renting.
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MungoMan wrote:Old folk might remember the monkey-in-a-rocket punchline - Big fúcken deal, two fúcken feet - but can they remember the rest of the joke*?

*I hope so because trying to type hand-movements would be a bridge way too far for me.
Gotta admit, I dun know it! :o
Caesar wrote:First satellite in space
First monkey in space
First man in space
The Most Glorious Republic of the Socialist Soviet Union :thumbup:
First monkey was sent by the Septics (in an old Nazi rocket)
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RoseGarden wrote:
blackblackblack wrote:The USA spent loads of money developing a pen that could write upside down. The Commies took a pencil.
Alas that story isn't true. They also used pencils.
Half right, from wiki.
A common urban legend states that NASA spent a large amount of money to develop a pen that would write in space (the result purportedly being the Fisher Space Pen), while the Soviets just used pencils.[2][3] There is a grain of truth: NASA began to develop a space pen, but when development costs skyrocketed the project was abandoned and astronauts went back to using pencils, along with the Soviets.[2][3] However, the claim that NASA spent millions on the Space Pen is incorrect, as the Fisher pen was developed using private capital, not government funding. NASA – and the Soviets[3][4][5] – eventually began purchasing such pens.

NASA programs previously used pencils[6] (for example a 1965 order of mechanical pencils[7]) but because of the substantial dangers that broken pencil tips and graphite dust pose to electronics in zero gravity, the flammable nature of wood present in pencils,[7] and the inadequate quality documentation produced by non-permanent or smeared recordkeeping, a better solution was needed. Russian cosmonauts used pencils, and grease pencils on plastic slates until also adopting a space pen in 1969 with a purchase of 100 units for use on all future missions.[8] NASA never approached Paul Fisher to develop a pen, nor did Fisher receive any government funding for the pen's development.[7] Fisher invented it independently and then, in 1965, asked NASA to try it. After extensive testing, NASA decided to use the pens in future Apollo missions.[6][8][9] Subsequently, in 1967 it was reported that NASA purchased approximately 400 pens for $6 a piece.[8]
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I think it is safe to say that space was the real winner.
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