Sputnik And The Space Race

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Sputnik I was launched on October 4th, 1957 by Russia, sending panic through Americans. Both the US and USSR were trying to be the first ones into space. So this failure had pushed the US to work harder and led to the creation of NASA.The creation of NASA had lead to the start of the space race. Space race conflicts had lasted over the next 30 years until the Americans had finally claimed the victory in the space race. There were many different influences to the space race, yet the main influence was the tensions during the cold war. The cold war was still going on during this time, so as you can tell the tensions between us were very high and the fear of what would possibly happen next. Russians had been the first ones to launch and …show more content…

“A direct result of the Sputnik crisis, NASA began operations on October 1, 1958, absorbing into itself the earlier National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics intact: its 8,000 employees, an annual budget of $100 million, three major research laboratories-Langley Aeronautical Laboratory, Ames Aeronautical Laboratory, and Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory-and two smaller test facilities.”(Steve Ganer) This was because the start of the space race, although it had sent fear through so many, many more people had gotten jobs because of this. Although both Russia and the US had created new technologies, along with gaining new skills, there was only one winner of this Space Race. The winner was the ones who put in so much effort to keep their citizens safe, which was the US. You could say that the whole thing had started with both the cold war tensions along with the soviet union starting in space. During this time there have been many issues and there were many different ways that they were compromised. There were a couple of different issues like tensions, technologies, money, space, Cold War and spendings. “To facilitate space exploration, NASA began searching for cheaper and less expendable methods of launching payloads into orbit and returning them to Earth.”(Bryan Johnson) Which means that the US had to cut down spendings on their space program, that way they don’t

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