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Shoot for the Moon: The Space Race -- Part One

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Primary Type: Student Tutorial


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Blast into space with this interactive, three-part series about the Space Race. In Part One, you'll learn how the Space Race developed out of the Cold War tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union. You'll also learn about America's first two Space Race programs: Project Mercury and Project Gemini.

This interactive tutorial is Part One of a three-part series. Make sure to complete all three parts!

  • Click HERE to launch Part Two about Project Apollo, mission 1 and missions 7 through 10.
  • Click HERE to launch Part Three about Project Apollo, missions 11 through 17, which includes the six crewed missions that enabled twelve astronauts to walk on the surface of the Moon.

General Information

Subject(s): Social Studies
Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
Intended Audience: Students
   
Instructional Time: 50 Minute(s)
 
Keywords: U.S. History, American History, Space Race, NASA, Project Mercury, Project Gemini, interactive, e-learning, e learning, Sputnik, Cold War, Mercury Seven, Mercury Thirteen, Alan Shepard, John Glenn, Mercury capsule, Jerrie Cobb, Wally Schirra, Scott Carpenter, Deke Slayton, Gus Grissom, Gordon Cooper, Yuri Gagarin, Freedom Seven, Friendship Seven, Katherine Johnson, John F. Kennedy, The New Nine, Gemini spacecraft, John Young, Gemini 3, Ed White, Jim McDivitt, Gemini 4, Gemini 7, Jim Lovell, Frank Borman, Gemini 8, Neil Armstrong, Dave Scott, tutorials
Instructional Component Type(s): Original Student Tutorial
Resource Collection: Original Student Tutorials Social Studies - U.S. History - Grades 9-12



Aligned Standards

Name Description
SS.912.A.6.13: Analyze significant foreign policy events during the Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations.
Clarifications:
Examples may include, but are not limited to, the Domino Theory, Sputnik, space race, Korean Conflict, Vietnam Conflict, U-2 and Gary Powers, Bay of Pigs invasion, Cuban Missile Crisis, Berlin Wall, Ping Pong Diplomacy, opening of China.

This benchmark is annually evaluated on the United States History End-of-Course Assessment. For more information on how this benchmark is evaluated view the United States History End-of-Course Assessment Test Item Specifications pages 45-46. Additional resources may be found on the FLDOE End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments webpage and the FLDOE Social Studies webpage.


Suggested Tutorials

Name Description
Shoot for the Moon: The Space Race -- Part Three:

Continue exploring America's final Space Race program: Project Apollo. In this tutorial, you'll learn about Apollo missions 11 through 17. Six of these crewed missions enabled twelve astronauts to walk on the Moon's surface.

This interactive tutorial is Part Three of a three-part series. Make sure to complete Parts One and Two before beginning this tutorial. 

  • Click HERE to launch Part One about America's first two Space Race programs: Project Mercury and Project Gemini.
  • Click HERE to launch Part Two about Project Apollo, mission 1 and missions 7 through 10.
Shoot for the Moon: The Space Race -- Part Two:

Explore mission 1 and missions 7 through 10 of Project Apollo, America's final Space Race program. The sacrifices and achievements of these lesser-known missions paved the way for later Apollo missions to the Moon's surface.

This interactive tutorial is Part Two of a three-part series.

  • Click HERE to launch Part One about America's first two Space Race programs: Project Mercury and Project Gemini.
  • Click HERE to launch Part Three about Project Apollo, missions 11 through 17, which includes the six crewed missions that enabled twelve astronauts to walk on the surface of the Moon.
From World War to Cold War (Part 2 of 2):

Explore the beginnings of the Cold War from 1945 to 1953 in Part 2 of this interactive tutorial.  You'll learn why this rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union was a unique conflict in our nation's history, and how the U.S. assumed the role of world leader after World War II.  Finally, you'll learn how the Korean War was a proxy war in the larger context of the Cold War.  

This is the second part of a 2-part tutorial!  Make sure to complete part by clicking below. 

From World War to Cold War (Part 1 of 2):

Explore the beginnings of the Cold War from 1945 to 1953 in Part 1 of this interactive tutorial.  You'll learn why this rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union was a unique conflict in our nation's history, and how the U.S. assumed the role of world leader after World War II.  Finally, you'll learn how the Korean War was a proxy war in the larger context of the Cold War.  

Click below to open part 2.

The Cold War Turns Hot: Remembering the Korean War:

Learn about some of the causes of the Korean War and the major factors that led to America’s involvement in the war. In this interactive tutorial, you will also learn about America’s role in the course of this conflict, and the consequences that resulted because of the war.

America and the Vietnam War:

Learn about the major factors that led to America's involvement in the war in Vietnam. In this interactive tutorial, you'll also learn about America's role during the course of the war, how the war affected the American public, and the resulting consequences of the war.