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  •  yep, the US as a matter of propaganda did not want (6+ / 0-)

    its first satellite to use a military weapon as its booster, so Vanguard was assigned the mission.

    I've read one of the reasons the Russians had a lead on getting Gagarin to orbit was because they'd had to develop larger boosters to loft the larger atomic bombs they'd developed. Glenn didn't make it to orbit until they got a Mercury capsule to fit on top of an Atlas.
    Yes. The Soviets didn't have the electronics capability that the US did (they were never even able to clone the Apple II computer), so their nukes were always much bigger and heavier than ours--and needed bigger more powerful ICBMs to carry them. That remained true throughout the entire Cold War.

    It's also why the USSR never had a decent cruise missile, and we did.

    In the end, reality always wins.

    by Lenny Flank on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 04:57:35 PM PST

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