In September of 1962, President John. F Kennedy gave his influential “Nation’s Space Effort” speech at Rice University in Houston, Texas, or better known as the “We choose to go to the Moon” speech. President Kennedy was able to utilize rhetorical strategies to help him influence the American people in order to push the nation’s goals. His speech was given during the beginning of the “space race”, between the United States and the USSR, and during the Cold War which makes his promises significant. At the time of the President Kennedy’s speech, the Soviet Union(USSR) had already successfully launched and maintained a satellite for the last four years, moreover, the Soviet’s had already successfully put the first man in space. The space race
They might have this opinion because they believe we have a genetic desire to explore space and that we expand our territory. In “Future of Space Exploration”, it states that Steltzner said “I can 't really think of a country that 's been stable for 1000 years.” Earth is most likely not going to be able to support life forever. So if we do spend valuable resources on space exploration, we can maybe find another planet. However this is misguided because of the cost of space exploration. Space exploration is very expensive. If we go out and explore space and end up finding out that we can 't survive on any other planet, other than Earth, all the money and resources we used to to launch that spacecraft, goes down the
Sci-fi writers and scientists are both starting to believe that science fiction may be the key to advancing our technological futures. Two different theories have been made to explain this reasoning: Inspiration theory, the idea that sci-fi will inspire people to create new technologies, and Hieroglyph theory, the idea that fully fleshed out and logical sci-fi technologies could be usable by scientists and engineers. I agree with both theories, however because both theories are inherently optimistic, I’ve begun to wonder if science fiction could also be distorting our perception of what technological progress looks and feels like.
The motivation that lead to space exploration in the United States was born out of the Cold War rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union in the 1950’s. The United States that the Soviet Union was building rockets but in actuality they were sending satellites the first being Sputnik. On April 12, 1961, Russian Lt. Yuri Gagarin became the first human to orbit Earth and
The International Space Station, or ISS was built in 1998, sixten countries were involved in the project. The ISS benefits Earth greatly in many different ways. The ISS helps monitor water quality, air quality, and natural disasters (“15 Ways). The space race helped modern day space technology because space research would have not been a big priority if the space race did not take place. This would have led to space technology not being as keen as it is to this
This investigation will examine the question: “To what extent did the launch of Sputnik 1 positively impact the education in the United States between 1957 and 1975?” Sources such as historical texts, books, online journal articles, and governmental addresses will be used in the process of this investigation to examine the positive impact of Sputnik 1 on American education. Source A is a primary source—a discussion on education from Vice President Richard Nixon, chosen to examine the government reaction to the launch of Sputnik 1. Source B is a secondary source—a book on the 1960s, chosen for examining the public reaction to Sputnik 1 and educational reform after the launching of Sputnik 1.
We might not have the things we have today if we didn't take the risk that comes with it. Reagon said "but sometimes painful things like this happen. It's all part of the process of exploration and discovery. It's all part of taking a chance and expanding man's horizons." (29) We send people into space to learn more about what's out there and it was also because it was a race with Russia on who can get up to space first. As people, we need to know what out there and we always want the new thing to have or to do. Even though all seven of them pass away; we still learn from them from going into space. By upgrading our technology as a country; we have so much to offer to people that live here. Reagon also said "We've grown used to wonders in this country. It's hard to dazzle us. But for 25 years the United States space program had been doing just that." (22) This was an exciting time to be in the US when they went up into space was a big deal. Evering knowing the risk that comes going into space people still want to do
Furthermore, one long-term impact of the Space Race is the improvement of foreign relations as joint efforts between the nations achieved far more with cooperation rather than competition. The Cold War was between two superpowers, both of which tried to compete with each other relying on their own nation’s resources, but in doing so they proved that both sides were capable of great feats. Therefore, when the war ended with a period of detente, the two nations teamed up in 1975 to launch the Apollo-Soyuz project, the first joint US- Soviet space mission. NASA astronauts in an Apollo Command and Service Module met Russian cosmonauts in a Soyuz capsule, but most notably a jointly designed docking module fulfilled the main mission, evidently showing that two different nations with different space-craft had the potential to both dock in orbit. Moreover, the mission itself allowed both sides to alter misconstrued perceptions of the others. US astronaut Vance Brand, who was on the crew said in an interview, “ we thought they were pretty aggressive people and… they probably thought we were monsters, so we very quickly broke through that, because when you deal with people that are in the same line of work as you are, and you’re around them for a short time, why, you discover that, well they’re human beings”(Brand). Significantly, his words suggest a possibility, which has now become a reality with collaboration on the International Space Station as one example. The ISS is a
The space race helped our world to develop. There are many things that developed after the space race. Such as satellite TV, laptops, the dust busters, smoke/carbon dioxide detectors, telemedicine, joysticks, 3D graphics, Non-reflective displays, ear thermometer, and GPS. These are things that were developed after the space
In 1957, Sputnik 1 was launched into space. It was the world’s first artificial satellite, created by the Soviet Union, and was the object that began the Space Race. The launch of this satellite came as an unpleasant surprise to the United States (“The Space Race”). Less than a month later, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 2, which carried a dog, Laika, in it (“6 Key Events of the Space Race”). A year later, in 1958, the United States retaliated by launching Explorer 1. The same year, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was formed (“The Space Race”).
If I asked you “What does NASA stand for?” you would probably say either “Need another seven astronauts” or “Need another shuttle also”. Today those jokes can’t be funny because NASA’s funding has been cut by congress, so they could probably use more astronauts and another space shuttle, but they don 't have the funding to hire more people and or keep up with today 's progress. NASA’s funding shouldn’t be cut by the government because NASA doesn’t have much money to support its educational programs, NASA also doesn’t have the funding to keep up with technology, so NASA can’t send anyone into space until 2021, and they won’t have the ability to keep up with the progress which will set them back generations.
During the Space Race, the U.S government received many good and bad judgements from the people. From start to finish, U.S citizens were fascinated by the Space Race. The diverse developments of the U.S.S.R and the U.S space programs were covered in national media. Astronauts (U.S) were seen as American heroes and Cosmonauts (U.S.S.R) were seen as villains. The thoughts of American citizens may have been negative when the Soviet Union accomplished another achievement, but at the end, the citizens were satisfied with their countries performances and their win of the Space
The Space Race (1950-1960s), was an event that has influenced many generations of human race. In the Second half of the twentieth century, the world’s leading power, the United States of America and the Union of Socialist Republics (USSR) were engaged in a global competition, also known as the cold war, where they were trying to influence “non aligned” nations to take a side in the war. Military, political, scientific and diplomatic effort would affect the balance of power in the world, the loser will fall and will lost the ability to control his sphere of influence. Both nations went to the moon, however only the USA made it back to the Earth. The Space Race has revolutionized the world, people 's societal views , and helped humanity in several
The exploration of space will go on with or without the united states and if wish to stay among the world as a power we cannot allow ourselves to not take on this new great adventure.
Throughout the 20th century, our views of space have changed. We started thinking about space, with the same way we started thinking about Pythagoras’s theory of how the world is round. Curiosity and rivalry have ignited the space race, but rivalry between United States and Soviet Union has boosted the development of the space race. The Cold War was ongoing so neither of country wanted to lose to each other. Also, this race determined which country was more advanced compared to another. With their passion, humans have achieved many accomplishments within 18 years and it is still being explored. Major accomplishments such as orbiting the Earth and landing on the moon were not easy as how our textbooks were written. Our textbooks briefly talk about it, but not so detailed. This paper will discuss the cause and effect, process, major space expedition made by both countries, and similarities they share.