2018 NASA & Flight Technology @ AMF

Primary source-based lessons exploring the history of federal policy in promoting technological innovation
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Sputnik: The Beep Heard Around the World

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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.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Deborah Rowland