Continuation of the Nuclear Arms Race 1957-60s

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Why were things different when USSR had developed Sputnik 1?
The USA could only fire weapons from planes which USSR could shoot down.
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What happened in 1957?
The US developed its own International Ballistic Missiles (ICBMS)
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In which year could they be stored underground in 30 seconds?
1959
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1960 - What did the ability to fire a Polaris missile from a nuclear submarine mean?
A missile could be fired from the sea near the USSR
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Where were ICMBS then placed?
In friendly countries near US enemies
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What year did the USA place missiles on Turkey?
1959
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What year did the USSR try to place missiles in Cuba?
1962
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What happened during the 1960s?
The superpowers used spies to check the nuclear developments of the opposition.
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What did each superpower then have?
Enough nuclear missiles to destroy the other
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Why did the nuclear war continue?
They had to build weapons to keep the balance (expensive) but it prevented nuclear war
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What could the superpowers do collectively by the end of the 1960s?
Destroy the world
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What was this known as?
Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD)
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