World History B Essay - Space Race - Steven Harvey Ramsey...

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Steven Harvey Ramsey II 1st hour, World History B Mrs. Moore Due: 12/30/19 A Race of the Universe A Space Race Essay “[Since the] beginning [of] the late 1950s, space would become another dramatic arena
for [the Cold War’s] competition, as each side sought to prove the superiority of its technology, ... military firepower and- by extension- its political-economic system” (History.com Editors). The Space Race can be defined as a period of competition between the United States and the countries under the U.S.S.R that extended from around 1957, the launch of Sputnik, to 1969 with the Apollo 11 mission, also known as the lunar landing, with some additional smaller events occurring afterwards that culminated into an overall American victory (Mann). Despite the seemingly short period of time, the Space Race is still relevant today and can be applicable to a potentially new Space Race forming between many economic powerhouses- almost mirroring the original Space Race- including such countries as China, the United States, Russia, and even now upcoming India; Vice President Mike Pence has declared his argument on such by stating such while space experts disagree (Mann). Although a new Space Race could be all that we would need to bring back the research NASA had formerly done, a more subdued and open- minded scientific attitude would be preferable and most especially be an inspiration for the newer generations and even the soon-to-be adult generation such as myself; I long for new space research almost everyday, perhaps not aliens as I wanted when I was a child but something more, such as potentially becoming the first generations to walk on Mars and even try to sustain life on Mars as present in the science fiction book The Martian by Andy Weir. But when was the last time any ordinary person has truly thought about space as the final frontier for humanity, and, how do we know if we will or will not fight over space again? Perhaps we are not ready to go to space yet, or even participate in a space war, however, we can consider reflecting on the former Space Race’s accomplishments, analyze the insider perspective of the competition from both lawmaking bodies and citizens, and have a glance into the future of what may come with a modern era from the end of the Space Race.
To begin with, the Space Race came with several accomplishments of space research with its competitive efforts to “battle” the opposing side. It is undoubtedly true that the Soviet Union were the first ones to launch both a man, Yuri Gargain in 1961, and an artificial satellite, Sputnik 1 in 1957, into space before the United States even fully developed its programs to perform space launches; but what usually comes after this period is often forgotten in history, such as the United States’s own satellite, named Explorer 1, was launched in 1958 within the same year that NASA was created- after a majority of the space programs that were apart of the air force were disbanded- and even early lunar space probes made by the Soviet Union known as Luna 1 and Luna 2 (Mann). After repeated attempts to one-up and follow what the Soviets did, the idea of a

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