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The Cold War and the Conquest of Space
An exploration of the United States' and the Soviet Union's conquest of space in the context of the Cold War.
# 128459 | 3,038 words | 11 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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The paper outlines the history of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union, and how it became a symbol of diplomatic power. The paper discusses America's successful Apollo missions and the landing of Armstrong on the moon, but then describes the near disaster of the Apollo 13 mission. The paper shows how while the space program in the United States became a popular culture icon, the Russian space program was not as successful and was mainly for military purposes. The paper then looks at the future of space travel and its potential for humanity.

History of the Space Race
Apollo 13 and Near Disaster
Meanwhile in Russia
Where Do We Go from Here?

From the Paper:

"On July 20, 1969, the United States accomplished the impossible. It was on this day that Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins set world history. On this day, this crew landed on the moon, finally proving once and for all that America led the world in technology and achievements. In the beginning, there were only two contenders in the race. However, recently, others are beginning to enter into the picture. In order to understand this fascination with the great beyond, one must understand the original race for space and the two superpowers that duked it out.
"After WWII, the European powers were in disarray with no clear leader. The US and the Soviet Union used propaganda and alliances to attempt to gain coveted influence (Parks). The race for space became a symbol of worldly position. There was more at stake in the race for space then reputation. As the two superpowers pitted against one another, the rest of the world had to decide which side they would support. The race for space would "prove" which side was the best pick for a teammate. Winning the race for space would give the winner a clear diplomatic advantage over the loser. This was the real importance of the space race."

Sample of Sources Used:

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