The Cause And Effects Of Space Exploration And The Cold War

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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. One possible cause of space exploration is the impact from Cold War. Space exploration started with competition of United States and Soviet Union. The Cold War ignite tension between two nations, the United States and the Soviet Union, in 1947. First, the atomic bomb was threat to both nations. Because they were two world powers after World War II, they had to compete to see who held the best weapon. The testing of atomic bomb had great impact on people’s lives. “People built bomb shelters in their backyards. They practiced attack drills in schools and other public places”

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