Modern History Speech-Apollo Space Program

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Apollo The Apollo program, also known as Project Apollo, was the third human spaceflight program carried out By the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the United States' civilian space agency, and the program was responsible for the landing of the first humans on Earth's Moon in 1969. First conceived during the Presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower as a three-man spacecraft to follow the one-man Project Mercury which put the first Americans in space, Apollo was later dedicated to President John Kennedy’s national goal of "landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth" by the end of the 1960s. This was proposed to congress on May 25, 1961. After Kennedy’s assassination the dream of landing a man on the moon was still very much alive in American society. Firstly the main goal of the American government was to land on the moon before Russia did. This was to do the with whole arms race that was going on throughout the “Cold War”. The American public strongly believed that once man had landed on the moon, they would start to build colonies up there. While the public were dreaming of dome houses and moon cities the U.S military had other ideas. Project Horizon was the plan to establish a military base on the moon, one with minimal personnel required to function. It was designed to launch Atomic missiles onto America’s enemies. The nuclear arms race was omnipresent in the '60s, and Project Horizon made room for its possible expansion to the moon. It pondered the pros and cons -- scientifically, militarily and psychologically -- of detonating a nuclear device on the moon or nearby. Once the danger of this sunk in, project horizon was disbanded America then turned its attention to the development of the Apollo Space Program and its first launch, Apollo 1. Can someone please read Apollo 1: The Tragedy (Discuss)- Was this preventable?

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