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The Race to Space: Understanding the Cold War Context of the Apollo 11 Mission

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Language Arts And English +7 Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old), Post-Secondary

By using this collection, learners will . . .

  • Use primary sources to understand a range of perspectives on the Space Race.
  • Understand why the United States was concerned about the Soviet space program.
  • Be able to analyze the Cold War era context of the Space Race and draw their own conclusions about the success of the Space Race.

Sputnik

National Air and Space Museum

JFK Telegram Congratulating Khrushchev on Manned Space Flight

JOHN F. KENNEDY PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Booklet, Official Fallout Shelter Plans

National Museum of American History

Bendix Family Radiation Measurement Kit

National Museum of American History

Correspondence from Kennedy to Lyndon B Johnson on the space program

JOHN F. KENNEDY PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Wernher Von Braun

National Portrait Gallery

Command Module, Apollo 11

National Air and Space Museum

Flotation Collar, Apollo 11

National Air and Space Museum