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The Space Race

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BC: Resources http://airandspace.si.edu/exhibitions/gal114/gal114.htm http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/moon/timeline/timeline2.html

FC: The Space Race | http://u1.ipernity.com/12/62/74/5436274.4364dd0d.560.jpg

1: When the Soviet Union launched Sputnik into orbit in October of 1957, it ushered in a new era in the Cold War between the United States and the U.S.S.R. It increased the public's awareness of the competition between the two countries, and it escalated the desire of the U.S. government to defeat the Soviet Union on the final frontier. | http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/ca/Speyer_Sputnik.jpg

2: In April of 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space. The Soviet Union had again beaten the United States to an important milestone, embarassing the space program and strengthening the resolve of the American people to better their efforts. Less than one month later, Alan Shepard became the first American in space. | http://farm1.staticflickr.com/232/457096484_34e5b4a35b_o.jpg

3: President John F. Kennedy insisted that space exploration must be an important focus of his administration. He promised increase support of NASA in their efforts to send Americans to the moon. President Kennedy is assassinated before he can see his dream come to fruition, but his leadership was vital in the expansion of the space program. | http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a3/Early_concept_model_of_the_lunar_module.jpg

4: The Apollo spacecraft is the ship tasked with sending astronauts into space for most of the 1960s. It would take several trips into outer space before being used for its ultimate goal of placing a human being on the moon. The project was not without its tragedies as three astronauts died when their capsule caught fire during a test in 1967. | http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/74/Apollo_Spacecraft_diagram.jpg

5: Apollo 11 was the mission that would finally place a human being on the moon in 1969. This came eight years after President Kennedy delivered his state of the Union address where he promised to push the space program forward. | http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e2/Apollo11-Launch-Tower-Camera.jpg

6: On July 20, 1969 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the moon, making history in a way that may never again be replicated. The world watched as these astronauts climbed out of the capsule for the first time, claiming an enormous victory for the United States space program. | http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f2/Aldrin_Apollo_11_crop.jpg

7: The mission was completed when the astronauts returned home for days later. They were celebrated as heroes, and it appeared as though the space race had ended. There was no obvious next step in space exploration, but both the United States and the Soviet Union continued their exploratory efforts. | http://farm2.staticflickr.com/1219/1054180042_90c9dace1c.jpg

8: American space exploration was far from completed, and President Kennedy's vision would carry NASA for the next several decades. The program has now shifted their sights toward Mars, and the American people have a new goal to work toward, this time without the shadow of the Cold War hanging over the situation. | http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b6/Kennedy_Space_Center_39.JPG

9: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/60/Earth_from_Space.jpg/768px-Earth_from_Space.jpg

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