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Identification and Evaluation of Sources The focus of this investigation will be “How significant was Sergei Korolev’s role as the chief rocket engineer, and space program designer for the U.S.S.R during the Space Race?” and will argue that without Korolev, the Soviet space program could not challenge or be a rival to America in the space race. His significance will be determined by evaluating his achievements while in command. Korolev’s achievements will be evaluated by being compared to the American counterpart and the previous Soviet Union successes. The investigation shall examine other contributions made by many other Soviet rocket engineers and determine how much competition he had. Furthermore, examination of Korolev’s replacement and how the U.S.S.R continued on after his death will provide insight on the influence Korolev’s achievements had and whether or not the space program could have launched off the ground and into competition with the American equivalent, NASA.Korolev: How One Man Masterminded the Soviet Drive to Beat America to the Moonpublished in 1997 was written by James Harford, an American aerospace engineer. Harford’s career provides him expertise in aerospace engineering, the subject he is writing about, and is one of the books most credible aspects. Harford’s career also allows him to better comprehend Korolev’s work and the difficulties it must have presented him, however, his inexperience with historical papers and his cultural influence, makes him open to bias. Nonetheless, his affiliation with the Russian culture prior to writing his book and his various sources, give credibility to his writing. In relation to the content, the language used throughout the book is presented in a professional and unbiased manner that prevents imposed predeveloped prejudice. The diction
Harford uses remains constant when presenting Korolev’s achievements and criticism while still covering every mechanical detail, which is not commonly found. The Soviet Manned Lunar Programby Marcus Lindroos and published by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, provides a more general point of view than already seen. While most historians express their general point of view, Lindroos speaks generally. He not only focuses on a single person or moment, but rather the entire soviet space program itself, including after Korolev’s death. The limitation is cultural bias. MIT is an American school, and thus the cultural influences may interfere with the interpretation of the U.S.S. R’s aerospace resolve. Even so, MIT is a high credible source which is well known for its legitimacy in many domains, includingbiology, engineering, physics, etc. Adding to MIT’s reputation, Lindroos’ diction is well presented, with even the highly intricate and complex sequence of events being explained well, and in an orderly manner. The legitimacy of his information and sequences is supported by the number of sources presented. The sources contain quotes and highly respectful names that once again add legitimacy to what Lindroos presents as factual.

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