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Post  martha hildreth on Sat May 25, 2013 1:49 pm


In 1958, the U.S. sent a satellite into space, designed by the army, under the direction of Braun. That same year, the president Eisenhower signed a public order, creating the NASA, a federal agency dedicated to space explorations. Later, the Soviet space program sent Luna 2, which was the first to hit the moon. The U.S. seeing that the Soviet ha taken a step farther, the NASA designed a smaller cone shaped capsule, much more lighter than any of the other ones. They tested it with chimpanzees and later on with humans. Astronaut Alan Shepard became the first American in space. John F. Kennedy announced that a man would land on the moon by the end of the decade. That year, John Gleen orbited the earth.

From 1961 to 1964, NASA’s Budget increased by 500 and Apollo 8 was held back after the death of 3 astronauts who were killed in the spacecraft that caught fire in the launch simulation. Meanwhile the Soviet space program was facing problems, after the death of Sergey Korolyov, who was the chief engineer. On December of 1968, Apollo 8 launched and it became the first manned space mission to orbit the moon. Apollo 11, was launched on December 1968, and Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. He famously called the moment “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

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Re: Space Race

Post  ritalulo on Sat May 25, 2013 2:11 pm

Thats a super instresting topic, its amazing how this race between the soviet union and the U.S went for so long! Although the soviet union and the united states challenged themselves to compete i personally think it was a very good thing because it got us to where we are now with all the advancements. Thanks to that race people can travel to the moon!

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