Conquest Of Space Exploration

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Similar to the explorations of the New World and South America to be conquered, space is the modern conquest where we endeavor to survey our solar system and investigate the vast universe. What first arose as an idea in the 1950s, it has continued to expand advancing the rate of technological improvement. Some would say, other than exploration what greater influence has the reconnaissance of space brought upon? Other than analyzing different spectrums of the galaxy, the conquest of space led to an exchange of ideas between different nations in efforts to improve their spaceships and space technologies. The Soviet Union was the first country to send an orbiting satellite around Earth, for this started the fundamentals of space exploration and …show more content…
Furthermore, Sputnik’s goal was also to test the temperature in space. “Both countries were also engaged in developing satellites as a part of a goal set by the International Council of Scientific Unions, which had called for the launch of satellite technology during late 1957 or 1958.” This was a goal set by the I.C.S.U. which induced countries to expedite their technological advancements for space explorations, for this shows an exchange in collaborations between countries. In retaliation to the launch of Sputnik I, the United States built and launched the Explorer 1 in 1958. “The primary science instrument on Explorer 1 was a cosmic ray detector designed to measure the radiation environment in Earth orbit.” With the two satellites sent into orbit by rivaling countries, the exploration and conquest of space …show more content…
After the Soviet Union successfully launched Vostok 1 and achieved the first man in orbit, the United States followed with the Mercury Freedom 7, where Shepherd proved that a man can venture into space, thus restoring United States’ prestige in the space exploration. The next milestone the United States accomplished was sending a man into orbit, for it was accomplished by John H. Glenn in the Mercury Friendship 7. During the space race, President Kennedy made it clear that the United States was going to solely focus on the achievement of having the first man step foot on the moon. In March 25, 1961 John F. Kennedy illuminated his goals, "I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth.” With that statement, he financed the program $25 billion to achieve this goal. This was to be the biggest milestone of all, for the United States will be able to effectively took the lead with this achievement. America coveted for the exploration of the moon, and they were willing to put forth everything in order to achieve it. In 1969, United States completed their goal with Apollo 8 landing on the moon and Neil Armstrong taking the first steps on an extraterrestrial surface. The United States was now the leader of the exploration, and a new exchange of ideas surfaced

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