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The Ultimate Space Race Quiz
by Staff
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. Take our quiz to test your knowledge about the great space race!

What year did the space race kick off, as both sides announced plans to launch satellites into orbit?

  • 1945
  • 1955
  • 1965

Which side launched the first artificial satellite into space?

  • U.S.
  • U.S.S.R.

What does "Sputnik" mean?

  • traveler
  • universe
  • space

What did the Americans name their first satellite, which was launched in 1958?

  • Mercury
  • Gemini
  • Explorer 1

When was NASA founded?

  • 1958
  • 1968
  • 1978

Which president signed the order that authorized the formation of NASA?

  • Roosevelt
  • Eisenhower
  • Kennedy

What was the name of the first space probe to actually hit the moon?

  • Sputnik
  • Explorer
  • Luna 2

Who was the first human to orbit the Earth?

  • Alan Shepard
  • John Glenn
  • Yuri Gagarin

What was the name of the vessel that carried Garagin around the Earth?

  • Luna 3
  • Sputnik
  • Vostok 1

What did the U.S. call its project aimed at sending man into space?

  • Mercury
  • Gemini
  • Phoenix

Who was the first American in space?

  • John Glenn
  • Alan Shepard
  • Michael Collins

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

Who was the first American to orbit the Earth?

  • Alan Shepard
  • Neil Armstrong
  • John Glenn

What did NASA call its lunar landing program?

  • Infinity
  • Apollo
  • Mercury

What is the name of the imaginary line that separates the Earth's atmosphere from outer space?

  • Tropic of Cancer
  • Atmosphere Line
  • Karman Line

Which country was the first to land humans on the moon?

  • U.S.S.R.
  • U.S.

Which of the following men was NOT aboard Apollo 11 when it landed on the moon?

  • John Glenn
  • Michael Collins
  • Neil Armstrong

Who was the first man to walk on the moon?

  • Buzz Aldrin
  • Michael Collins
  • Neil Armstrong

What happened to Yuri Gagarin after his trip into space?

  • He landed safely on Earth.
  • No one knows for sure.
  • His spacecraft exploded.

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

  • cat
  • dog
  • chimp

Which side sent the first woman into space?

  • no woman has traveled into space
  • U.S.
  • U.S.S.R.

Which side performed the first spacewalk?

  • U.S.S.R.
  • U.S.
  • The first spacewalk was a joint effort.

How long did it take Apollo 11 to reach the moon?

  • 109 hours
  • 109 days
  • 109 years

How long did Apollo 11 astronauts spend walking on the moon in total?

  • 10 minutes
  • 30 minutes
  • 2.5 hours

When was the first space treaty signed?

  • 1967
  • 1977
  • 1987

Which country experienced the first in-flight space fatality?

  • U.S.
  • U.S.S.R.
  • neither

How many Apollo missions landed on the moon?

  • 1
  • 6
  • 12

What year marked the unofficial end of the space race between the US and USSR?

  • 1965
  • 1969
  • 1975

When was the first International Space Station launched?

  • 1978
  • 1988
  • 1998

What was the name of the vessel that carried the first residents to the ISS?

  • Expedition I
  • Explorer I
  • Cosmos I