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Cold War - How did the Space Race affect American culture between 1947 until 1964?

The different methods in which the arms and technology race between the USA and the USSR affected American citizens.
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Philip Kadoorie

on 11 February 2011

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Transcript of Cold War - How did the Space Race affect American culture between 1947 until 1964?

The Space Race and America Origins of the Space Race During WWII Germany wanted to create Rockets as weapons to escape the Treaty of Versailles' ban on artillery Rockets, now referred to as missiles when carrying a payload, were to replace long range bomber aircraft With the use of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the allied powers were rushing to gain rocketry knowledge so to create nuclear missiles The Space Race The frontline of the Cold War was essentially a technolgical battle between the USA and the USSR Despite previously being allies, a fear of communism and the amount of Soviet troops in Eastern Europe lead to escalated tensions The fear of communism may be because neither side knew which structure was better, communism or capitalism, therefore both sides wanted to prove the strengths of their system Timeline:
1955 both sides begin building ballistic missiles
1957 USSR launches Sputnik
1961 Yuri Gagarin orbits the Earth
1969 Armstrong and Aldrin land on the moon
At this Point the Soviet economy cannot afford to continue. Effects of the Space Race on America Large impact on popular culture, space becomes the new frontier, even Walt Disney supports it People want homes in space or on the moon and believe space travel will soon be commercialized Car designs become influenced by aviation and space travel Growing desire for private aviation and utilitarian flying transportation Current Day NASA taking budget cuts and the final space shuttle mission is scheduled Government funding of space ventures waning Private efforts like Virgin Galactic are the future of space travel Communism is almost completely finished except for hybrid regimes like China Wernher Von Braun built rockets for space exploration but they were used for warfare
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