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Space Exploration and the White House

The United States and the Soviet Union (now Russia) fought together with the Allies against Nazi Germany and the Axis Powers during World War II. Soon thereafter, however, the emerging superpowers found themselves in a heightened state of suspicion, tension, and fear—a Cold War. The Cold War, characterized by the nuclear arms race, the space race, opposing post-war ideologies, and the adoption of competitive foreign policies, set the scene as the United States and the Soviet Union turned their focus to asserting global dominance through space exploration. Explore the role of the White House in technological advancement and space exploration.