Space Race

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JFK looking into Freedom Seven. Source: JFK Library & Museum

Kennedy knew that in order to help regain America’s confidence, they must exceed the Soviets in the Space Race. The Space Race revolved around the competition between the United States and Soviet Union, who were rivals from the Cold War. Basically, they were competing about who can enter into space first. This event began in 1955 and ended in 1972. Kennedy received “funding” for this event; 7 billion to 9 billion. Kennedy was fully committed to the race to safely succeed on putting the first man on the moon. This brought change to schools as well. More math and science was added. There was no way that the Untied States was going to be second. The Space program went into full effect in 1961. JFK wanted to make sure that the Untied States was the first country to have a man walk on the moon. By doing this first it meant that the US had overcome Communism. The Freedom 7 was a Mercury Space Capsule that was launched into space. The capsule had one man in it. This proved that not only man could live in space but man could also function. After this mission was successful President Kennedy announced the nation’s goal of having a man walk on the moon. The US was number one in space exploration “President Kennedy establishes his New Frontier with a challenge to venture into outer space. John Glenn became the first American astronaut to orbit the earth, one step in America’s endeavor to land on the moon.”
Click here to view a video from the History Channel about the Space Race: Space: JFK’s New Frontier