The Cold War was a war because of the Space Race
Space exploration became yet another competition during the Cold War, as both the United States and Soviet Union vied for dominance over one another. After the Soviets launched Sputnik, the first satellite into space, the Americans launched their own satellite, Explorer I. Going a step further, the Americans landed the first man in space, and then the first man on the moon soon after that; effectively declaring the Space Race as a victory for the United States. Even though no combat took place between the two nations, or even any interaction at all, the Space Race was another example of the intense rivalry between the two nations and their respective ideologies during the Cold War.