What is it? #2

In the 1950s and 1960s the two biggest countries in the world were racing to be the first to go out of this world.

The United States of America and the Soviet Union (USSR, which was a union of Russia and surrounding countries) were both working to get into space and travel to the moon. To celebrate the rocket launches the Soviet Union made badges for people to collect.

Find out more about the first living things to orbit Earth in Vlad and the Space Race.

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