Space Race response 3 unrevised

Accomplish anything that the people at nasa could

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accomplish anything, that the people at NASA could conquer any problem with science and willpower, filled people with hope. That hope has caused many people to look back on the 1960s with rose colored glasses, especially concerning Apollo. Launius believes that myth is the mystical and powerful aspect that a historical moment can assume. Launius explains in terms of Apollo, “Apollo has become trapped in the myth of the
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agrarian frontier. That myth suggests an almost transcendental faith in American growth, American institutions and American exceptionalism” (130). When a moment becomes myth it transcends its own accomplishments. A myth represents something more, it has its own message, and it tells its own story beyond the historical moment it is tied to. The launching of Sputnik is a moment in space history that can be examined through these different lenses. The history of Sputnik begins with Soviet concerns over security. After suffering vicious attacks at the hands of the Nazis and seeing the devastating power of the atomic bomb the Soviets fear was understandable. To defend themselves the Soviets turned to intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) and in the years from 1954-1957 Korolev, the lead soviet scientist developed the R-7 ICBM, which had a range of 8,000 km. With a rocket powerful enough to reach orbit Korolev, a space enthusiast, began to push for a satellite project. The soviet politiburo begrudgingly accepted the idea, and it 1955 they gave the project the go ahead. The soviets settled on a simple 184 lbs satellite with 2 radio transmitters and in October of
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