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Lecture 9: The Cold War and the Space Race (Part 1)


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Lecture 9 of the course Our Moon: From Imagination to Exploration. In this lecture, I cover politics of the Moon with a focus on the Cold War and the Space Race. Please see presenter notes for what I said about each slide in class. I've divided the lecture into two slide decks due to the upload file size limit.

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Lecture 9: The Cold War and the Space Race (Part 1)

  1. 1. Our Moon Lecture 9 The Cold War and the Space Race
  2. 2. Image: Julian Oster Cold War NATO (initially 12) Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, United Kingdom, United States Warsaw Pact Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Soviet Union
  3. 3. End of World War II Image: Charles Levy Atomic Bombing of Nagasaki Hiroshima (August 6th, 1945) Equivalent to 16,000 tons of TNT 90,000–146,000 killed Nagasaki (August 9th, 1945) Equivalent to 21,000 tons of TNT 39,000–80,000 killed Soviet Tsar Bomba (H-bomb) in 1961 Equivalent to 50,000,000 tons of TNT Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD)
  4. 4. “Cold” War Vietnam War (1955–1975) Image: U.S. Army Invasion of Czechoslovakia (1968) Image: National Archives
  5. 5. “Cold” War Pinochet & Kissinger (1976) Image: Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Chile Soviet–Afghan War (1979–1989) Image: Erwin Lux
  6. 6. Germany at the end of World War II Image: WikiNight2
  7. 7. Operation Paperclip (1945–1959) Image: Louis Weintraub "My name is Magnus von Braun. My brother invented the V-2. We want to surrender.” United States: 1,600 German scientists, engineers, and technicians Soviet Union: Operation Osoaviakhim (2,200 German specialists)
  8. 8. Image: Horyzonty Techniki Wernher and Korolev Sergei KorolevWernher von Braun Image: NASA/MSFC
  9. 9. Image: USSR Korolev Imprisoned from June 22nd, 1938 to June 27th, 1944 in Soviet Union for slowing down rocketry work Worked to put first satellite, first animal, first man, and first woman into orbit
  10. 10. Sputnik Sputnik Replica Image & Audio: NASA Launched on October 4th, 1957 by the Soviet Union Video: Universal Studios
  11. 11. Video: NASA