The Space Race refers to the 20th century competition for dominance of space flight capability during the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States. They both sought to prove their superiority in its technology, military power, and extensively their political-economic systems. Between 1957 and 1975, space programs were established and man was sending satellites and their own people into space. The Space Race impacted both countries and paved the way for current technologies used today. On October 1, 1957, the Soviet Union launched its first satellite.
Thus sparked a Cold War that would last for decades. One of the biggest events of the Cold War was the launch of Sputnik. On October 4th, 1957, Russia launched Sputnik into outer space. The satellite became the first object to orbit the Earth. Russian success in putting a vehicle into orbit sparked massive military, political, and technological implications.
On September 12, 1962, at Rice University in Houston Texas, John F. Kennedy gave a powerful speech to garner support for the funding of the space race for the USA. He stated the importance of putting a man on the moon before the end of the decade in its efforts against the Soviet Union and the expectation was met in 1969 by the astronaut Neil Armstrong. His speech forged a new path that the US was heading and inherently started the revolution of the exploration of outer space. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” makes use of ethos and Kairos to persuade the people of America to become interested in and invest in the ongoing space race. A very important factor in JFK’s speech was his effective use of rhetoric, notably ethos, which he used to make himself become more believable and authoritative.
Firstly, the author claims that because of the many technological advances due to the "Space Race", a commitment to a manned mission to Mars will produce similar results. Although there are many similarities between committing to sending a man to the moon and to sending a man to mars, it false for the author to assume that there will be similar technological and humanitarian advances. The 1960's is a very different time period from today and as a result, it is unknown whether a manned mission to Mars will prove to be a worthy investment. Additionally, a large part of the "space Race" can be attributed to the competition between the USSR and the USA during the Cold War. The competition for becoming the leader in space technology was very fierce and was very politically driven, allowing for huge amounts of money to be invested in space technology.
Neil Armstrong’s famous line,”That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” caused more than just excitement, the famous line created disbelief of the occurrence. After Armstrong planted the American Flag into the surface, the President was quick to receive the astronauts call and speak about what was happening. The planting of the flag was a symbolic moment for not only the United States, but for all of mankind because of the significance of the mission. Doors to space exploration were opened for the future the second their feet touched the lunar surface. Stanley Cubrick, a famous film making personnel from the 60's, was brought into the attention of many.
Herblock makes a perfect attempt on unmasking the negative and poor side of a worldwide victory and success, this proves those coming together (around the world) for a worldwide “phenomenon” but when bigger issues shown in his cartoon, examples of more significant things than the moon landing, in which many are unaware of the issues. To add, one of the first articles, like “Man on the Moon” written by The Times talks about insignificance of the moon landing when it mostly discussed about rocks, a technique of sarcasm, mockery. America misused their money on the highly glorified event shows that those
Just 90 miles away from United States, there were missiles pointed at the U.S. Kennedy had to take action quick and he successfully stopped Cuda’s attack. One of his accomplishments is setting a goal of going to space and being the youngest president. Because of what JFK did during his presidency and since he was assassinated, lots of people look up to him as a hero and a role model. It wasn’t even his best, but Kennedy’s inaugural speech was wise and courageous, said the president's primary speaker. (http://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/2007/apr/22/greatspeeches1 ).The time magazine has JFK’s inaugural speech as one of the greatest speeches of all time.
In the 20th century, there was a competition between the United States and the Soviet Union for supremacy in spaceflight capability. The race for space exploration gave birth to many advancements in science and technology that are still relevant today. This rivalry also created advancements in gender boundaries for women. But also brought a new wave of worries and problems such as safety and environmental hazards. Although technology would reach great heights in a shorter period of time than ever before and break gender boundaries, the Space Race brought along many negatives such as environmental hazards, mechanical failures, and medical hazards.
After few years of alliance between The Soviet Union and The US. However, the peaceful was broken very soon when two superpowers got into a cold war which they were totally enemies in someways. Lots of issues occurred during such period, one of them was the Space Race. Vast number of innovations and high technology was coming out at the same time. Truly, those innovations did influence Canada in different fields during the period of Space Race.
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” -Harriet Tubman. Both Cesar Chavez and Harriet Tubman fought to stand up for what they thought was right. Cesar Chavez organized a farm workers union and helped secure laws that made working conditions better. “It’s amazing how people can get so excited about a rocket to the moon and not give a damn about smog, oil leaks, the devastation of the environment with pesticides, hunger, disease.
During the Space Race, many Americans were filled with lots of patriotism and were very happy and proud about comics where the Americans beat the Russians. For this reason, The Fantastic 4 was a very popular comic, because they started off as a group of astronauts racing the Russians into space. The four astronauts were in their rocket ship, on their way to space, when they were exposed to dangerous cosmic rays (Ahmed). The cosmic rays gave each of the four astronauts a different superpower. Reed Richards, the man who invented and built their space ship, became able to stretch his arms and legs.
The beginning of the Space Race began with the Soviet Union’s successful launch of Sputnik in October of 1957. Shortly after in 1961, President John F. Kennedy gave his famous space exploration speech to Congress. In it, he asked for more resources so that the United States could send a man to the moon and bring him back to Earth safely before the decade was out. With the Soviet Union being the first initially in every major milestone, the United States knew it needed to respond quickly. President Kennedy’s speech to Congress kicked off one of the most expensive and ambitious adventures this country has ever done.
Intangible benefits are “an expansion of experience, bring[ing] people into new places, situations and environments, [and] expanding and redefining what it means to be human” (Logsdon, 2010). The experience gained from exploring space pushes humans to challenge boundaries that were previously thought to be only theoretical. The International Space Station is used as a stepping stone since space is so hostile to humans, and what is learned from experiments on the station is going to be used to prepare astronauts for long term flights and permanent settlements in places other than Earth (Wiles,
Well how did this great event in the history books, The Cold War lead to such an enormous discovery? Let’s go back to the 1940’s…. The space race was related to the cold war but it wasn’t the reason that space exploration started. After World War 2 America and Russia both realized that space rockets were a huge success from the perspective of the importance of space race to begin. In 1955 both the nations announced to their country about the amazing research that was going to take place for the next couple of years or decades.
Optimistically, the president made reference to the need of more private sector companies to support the effort. Ronald Reagan would surely have applauded this. President Obama also outlined technology efforts to go beyond the moon and having larger goals for missions to Mars. This mindset to think exponentially beyond the present and on a large scale is a similarity between the two presidencies. To sum up the similarities, President Obama and former president Reagan drew upon the indomitable spirit of the American people and the exploration of the unknowns to find ways to peacefully fund space program efforts.