The Space Race

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“We choose to go to the moon in this decade” (Kennedy qtd in Space Race). On July 20th, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin landed on the moon. (Race to the Moon). The accomplishments of landing on the moon, building bomb shelters, and passing education acts all contributed to the idea that America, as a whole, reacted in many different ways. Fear, excitement, happiness, and relief all shined through the dark smoky clouds of the space race. Although the Soviet Union continually surpassed the U.S. in the early stages of the space race, the U.S. used careful tactics and eventually pulled ahead and achieved the main goal: landing on the moon. By 1972, the space race had become the most expensive peacetime national effort in U.S. history. America …show more content…
within their country (Nebraska Studies), which was tied into national security (Space Race). The Federal Government responded to public anxiety of nuclear warfare by creating the FCDA (Federal Civil Defense Administration). This organization showed the public how to prepare for nuclear war, by educating them. Cartoon videos were also introduced with catcher theme songs to get civilization to listen. This short clips taught regular modern citizens how to react if nuclear war was about to erupt. The government assumed big cities would be the target, so if civilization was educated in preparation, then many lives would be saved. The government realized that the preparation acts would not save as many lives, so they created an idea to keep Americans safe in a mini stronghold. Bomb shelters were created and built to protect Americans from nuclear blast and radiation. These shelters consisted of gamma-ray shielding, concrete, and bricks. Being one foot thick, the shielding cut out more than 50% of the harmful rays. Shelters were buried in most of the backyards of homes, but some others were placed in basements. The idea was to separate the shelter as far away from ground level as possible. During the 60s, many bomb shelters were not built well. They might have been blocking some radiation, but they could not hold people long …show more content…
NASA’s job was to essentially develop rockets, build space capsules and satellites, and hire and train future astronauts. First attempted launches ended in explosions. (Nebraska Studies) In 1961, the Soviets launched a man into space. This was devastating because America was now many steps behind the Soviets. But on July 20th, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin landed on the moon. Every Russian newspaper company published this astonishing news when America, “Apollo 11,” landed. Some Soviet scientists ignored America’s great achievement, and some Soviets were insulted for being put in 2nd. Armstrong brought a TV camera so he could televise the landing. Back at home, 600 million people watched the landing live. America burst into tears, celebrations and happiness nation-wide. Apollo mission has helped in research for space clothing and vehicles for further, in-depth space adventures. The Apollo mission itself, cost around $20.4 billion dollars, $110 billion modern day. “That’s one small step for man… but one giant leap for mankind.”

America had learned through our loses to the Soviets in the space race. Soviet Union progress scared America. Project Apollo employed over 400,000 people. Landing on the moon concluded the space race and convinced world we won. The accomplishments of landing on the moon, building bomb shelters, and passing education acts all contributed

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