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


Resource ID#: 188259 Primary Type: Original Student Tutorial

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Subject(s): Social Studies
Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
Intended Audience: Students
Instructional Time: 1 Hour(s)
Keywords: U.S. History, American History, Space Race, NASA, Project Mercury, Project Gemini, Project Apollo, interactive, e learning, e-learning, Cold War, Sputnik, Mercury Seven, John Glenn, Alan Shepard, Freedom Seven, Friendship Seven, spacewalk, Apollo 1, Gus Grissom, Ed White, Roger Chaffee, Apollo Command Module, Apollo Service Module, Lunar Module, Apollo 7, Apollo 8, Apollo 9, Apollo 10, tutorials, Yuri Gagrin, Valentina Tereshkova, Saturn V rocket, rockets, Donn Eisele, Wally Schirra, Walt Cunningham, Frank Borman, Bill Anders, Jim Lovell, Jim McDivitt, Dave Scott, Rusty Schweickart, Gene Cernan, Tom Stafford, John Young
Instructional Component Type(s): Original Student Tutorial

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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 One:

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.

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:

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America and the Vietnam War:

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