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On July 20 1969 the world stopped dead in its tracks and changed forever Humans had stepped foot on something besides the earth the moon The United States had beaten every other country to the moon It was a hard mission to achieve because it takes a lot of people and time to land on the moon a lot of bravery and money and the United States did it first Although the United States had indeed beaten Russia to the moon the broader implications of the space race remained unclear The landing on the moon ended a thirteen year competition between the United States and the Soviet Union In October 1957 the Soviet Union had created the first artificial earth satellite named Sputnik This began the race for space Scientists and engineers from all over the world such as the Russian Constantin Ziolokovsky the German Hermann Oberth the American Robert Goddard and the Frenchman Robert Esnault-Pelterie for the most part were jealous of one anothers work but had figured out many theoretical and mathematical foundations They did this by means of high-powered rockets Chaikin 201 Small groups and organizations were forming during the 1920s and 1930s so all the countries could compete in the race A few were the German Society for Space Travel The Britain Interplanetary Society and the American Rocket Society They were made to perform experiments with rockets and discuss space exploration but unfortunately none of these programs had enough funds to conduct the experiments necessary to figure out the mysteries of space At the end of the nineteen thirties in most countries the research and experimenting of space was at a standstill Germany was the only country to continue research because the military in the country was interested in the possibility of using rockets and had established a rocket research group in the Army Weapons Office in nineteen thirty-two Under the command of Colonel Walter Dornberger a German Army engineer
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