Comparing The Space Race And The Cold War

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After one of the bloodiest wars in History known as World War II ended, a new war had begun, the Cold War. This war was fought between the two most powerful nations which was the United States (capitalist) and the Soviet Union (communist). The Cold War lasted from 1947 to 1991 which was also during the same time frame of the Space Race with the same two competitive and powerful nations. With the two nations striving in the Space Race in all directions with the motive of technological superiority, the two nations would be able to use similar or the same technology as military applications. “Reaction to space developments, from all audiences, shows a clear tendency to equate achievements in this field with military power.” With experience from World War II, both nations realized how crucial and effective a rocket would be in both the Space Race and the Cold war.…show more content…
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, also known as JPL, was an aeronautical laboratory located at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. This laboratory was used to develop both liquid -fueled and solid-fueled rockets, which was originally for the United States military during World War II. NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) was established in 1958 by President Eisenhower which was utilized by the United States government agency to administer the space program along with aerospace research. Since NASA was newly created and held most of the funds for space explorations projects, JLP began to affiliate with him as a mission to explore the entire system outside of Earth. What was once used for strictly military purposes was now used for space exploration due to the rivalry over technological

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