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The launch of Sputnik 1 ("Satellite") by the Soviet Union in 1957 ignited the famous competition called the "space race." But there were early, tentative efforts at cooperation. These are discussed in a short 1978 NASA report by historians Edward Clinton Ezell and Linda Neuman Ezell, available in this web site in PDF format.
"Competition Versus Cooperation 1959-1962"
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