Monthly Archives: October 2017

Andrew Pregnall: The Cold War and the Space Race

For this Tuesday’s class, I was responsible for presenting the class with a brief, three minute or less, history of the Cold War to put the space race into context. Before class, I thought it was important to contextualize the space rate within the history of nuclear weapons and nuclear proliferation. At the end of …

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Franco Spain After the Sputnik – Dan Crosson

In 1957 the Soviet launch of the Sputnik satellite generated quite the stir around the world. Given the degree of political polarization at the time between West and East, it was only natural that reactions to the event varied. In the United States, there was a sense that the Soviets had beaten them to the …

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Helen Goggins: Sputnik

   Diana Trilling’s article, “Dog-Lovers, Three Liberals and A Dixiecrat Flee Sputnik Reality”, dissects the relationship between Sputnik and the destruction of the peace of mind shared by many Americans. The article begins with the discussion of American protesters being  consumed with the rights of the dog in the Sputnik satellite. Trilling notes that the…

How One Satellite Spread Fear in America

Jason Arquette Professor Hirsh Blog 10g October 17th, 2017 In 1957 the Soviet Union launched Sputnik: the world’s first artificial satellite. Plans to build the orbital space technology can be traced as far back as 1954 when Soviet scientist Sergei Korolev passed his blueprints along to the nation’s leaders. By the time the President Eisenhower…

Sputnik and the Technological Factor

Sputnik had a far greater impact on American technology than it has been credit for in the past. It may have been the first man-made object to orbit the earth, a fact that overshadowed the contributions of other nations  involved in the IGY and damaged American pride, but it forced Americans to reevaluate their academic …

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Cece Burger: Space Race Debate Grows- Nation’s Business Magazine

I began research for this blog with a preliminary look at Wikipedia’s page on the Space Race to orient myself to the competition between the US and USSR for spaceflight capability and supremacy. To go deeper into the subject, I chose to look at magazines from the time, focusing on publications from 1957-1963, to gain …

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