On October 4, 1957, Americans were shaken by the idea that the Soviet Union launched a satellite that could orbit the world. Some could hear the 'beep' as Sputnik circled the globe, which heightened feelings of vulnerability and insecurity. Soviet Union propaganda went into overdrive and the United States went into offense mode, finding the ultimate motivation to reach the moon.
The sources could be used to assist the educator in explaining the political and emotional climate before and after the launch of Sputnik.
Students could design their own political cartoons or propaganda posters; in response to Sputnik toward the USSR or in trying to persuade the public of the need for expanding space technology.
title"Sputnik: The Beep Heard Around the World"
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Political Cartoon: Perspective of two days, before and after the launch of Sputnik, Oct. 4, 1957 and Oct. 5, 1957
Uncle Sam wakes up to the beeping of Sputnik as it orbits around America
CBS News report: A look back at the launch of Sputnik and how Americans felt
Cartoon shows officers of the Army, Navy, and Air Force saluting a scientist, who walks by carrying a briefcase labeled "Nuclear Research." Reflects the new emphasis on the importance of scientific research (especially nuclear research) that arose in the United States after the Russians announced, on October 4, 1957, that they had successfully launched the first artificial satellite, launching fears that the United States was falling behind in the arms race.
US government documents following the launch of Sputnik
Nuke Map: why people were so afraid of the possibility of a satellite reaching our air space
Rowland, Deborah. "Sputnik: The Beep Heard Around the World". OER Commons. Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education, 07 Feb. 2018. Web. 25 May 2020. <https://www.oercommons.org/authoring/27034-sputnik-the-beep-heard-around-the-world>.
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