Obama calls for 'space race spirit'

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President Barack Obama said the US is facing another Sputnik moment (AP)

President Barack Obama has said the US is facing another Sputnik moment.

In his State of the Union address, Mr Obama will remind Americans of a time 50 years ago when the Soviet Union beat the US into space by launching its Sputnik satellite.

Mr Obama will say that America did not just roar back and surpass the Soviets but that the US unleashed a wave of innovation that created industries and millions of jobs after boosting spending on research and education.

Saying that now is this generation’s Sputnik moment, Mr Obama will call for new investments in education, research and innovation.

The White House released excerpts of Mr Obama’s speech in advance.

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