"The Space Race in the 1960s was an epic battle for supremacy in space exploration between the United States and the Soviet Union. National pride and prestige seemed to be a driving force as the Cold War waged on. The Soviets were the first to send the worlds first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1, into orbit and the US were the first to successfully land a man on the moon. The real question, though, boils down to whether or not this was all worth it? Certainly there were gains, many of them we are still seeing come to fruition but its hard to imagine the counterfactuals of what we missed by spending the money the way the Soviet and US governments did."