The space race was an extreme competition between America and the Soviet Union during the 20th century. There is divided views about whether it was a good thing. In my opinion, it was an extremely helpful event in history that revolutionised space exploration.
Firstly, there are several reasons for my argument. One of these is that the rivalry led to the first man going into space. This was a monumentous occasion in history as Yuri Gagarin was launched into space on April 12 1961. Previously, it had been a mere dream that anything could go into space so a man going to space was the most bizarre thing ever. In addition, another reason why the space race was a positive thing was that the first man on the moon would never of happened if the space race had not occured. Neil Armstrong was put into space as a retaliation to Yuri Gagrin going to space. If there had never been the space race, man may never have made the giant leap of going to the moon. Another reason that the space race was positive was that the first satelite was sent into space. This was good as satellites help to track climate change, help radios and help weather forecasts. This means that the space race was a good thing because it helped develop - not only space exploration- but life on earth as well.
Finally, another reason , and ,in my opinion, the most important reason, that the space race meant that everyone worked together to win. In the era that the space race happened, black people were generally treated poorly by white people just because of there race - which was disgusting. However, because NASA desperately wanted to beat the Soviet Union, they turned to three black women - which was also shocking because of their gender- to help them. Katherine Goble was an amazing mathematician. She calculated the exact coordinates that the Atlas 7 , John Glenn's shuttle, had to land at if it was to suceed. She also helped with the moon landings. She had to do all of this while running half a mile to the toilet because there were no "coloured toilets" in the building and she suffered severe racism from several of her collegues. She was an amazing woman who contributed immensely to space exploration. Another of these three woman was Mary Jackson. She helped with engineering the shuttles that John Glenn, Gus Grissom and Alan Shephard went to space in. She also managed to get into an all white evening school. This was a fantastic achievment. The final women , Dorothy Vaughan, contributed to the working of the IBM. This was the machine that helped get the shuttles to space. When none of the engineers who were trained to work the computer could turn it on, she could. She also managed to get all the black women in her department promoted. This shows that the space race was positive because it helped to promote equality between the races and the genders and showed that we are all smart - no matter what we look like.
However, there are some reasons why it could be a bad thing. Firstly, the satellites that were created to do lots of great things ;nevertheless, they can also spy on us. This is bad because it is an uncomfortable thought that people can see what you are doing all of the time. In addition, it is negative because the developments the space race has made could lead to bad side effects. For example, people can send nuclear weapons through space amd at another country. This shows that the space race was a negative event because it makes people feel uncomfortable and it could be dangerous.
In conclusion, the space race had negative side effects but it was generally an amazind development into space exploration and people's beliefs in other aspects of life.
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