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The Space Race
Transcript of The Space Race
only in the world, but in space as well.
"No single space project in this period
will be more important for the long-range
exploration of space. And none will be so difficult to accomplish."--John F. Kennedy $25 billion project 1958 1959 1961 1963 1968 1969 US Launches Explorer I
Explorer helped scientists discover magnetic radiation belts around the earth
NASA is formed
Eisenhower signed NASA into action 1957 USSR launches Sputnik
Sputnik II launched
Carried a dog--Laika
USSR launches Luna 2
First probe to land on the moon Kennedy was assasinated
Johnson became US president
USSR puts first woman in space--Valentina Tereshkova
Yuri Gagarin Orbits Earth
Alan Sheperd Jr--First US astronaut in space Richard Nixon became president
Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins land on the moon
US wins the Space Race
"One small step for man,
one giant leap for mankind" --Neil Armstrong *some people believe that
we never actually landed on the moon, but that we lied to win the space race. 1962 John Glenn Jr. is the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth US launches Apollo 8, the first manned mission to orbit the moon Political, Scientific, or Social? It started out as mainly a political and military "race", but quickly escalated to a social problem after the Cuban Missile Crisis. After reaching the moon, space exploration became less of a public interest and more of a focus of the scientific community. *John Glenn eventually entered politics and became a Senator for Ohio. The public became very insecure after Sputnik was successfully launched. They realized they weren't safe. This realization caused people to heavily support the space program. Kennedy and Eisenhower were both reluctant to engage heavily in the exploration of space. The economy could've crashed if they had spent too much money on the Space Race. Public support and the need to be superior pushed them to fund and create NASA and to defeat their greatest enemy: The Soviet Union Works Cited
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