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1st Man On The Moon Waste Of Money?

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Was the attempt to put the first man on the moon an ambitious accomplishment in science or
a waste of government resources?
In May of 1961, President John F. Kennedy stated a commitment to land an American on the moon by the end of the century (Gitlin). During the 1960’s, the Soviet Union and the United States started a massive space race. The Soviet Union had launched the orbit Sputnik on October 4, 1957 and later launched another, heavier, Sputnik 2 on November 3, 1957 with a dog named Laika inside. During the height of the Cold War, the United States were stunned by these unbelievable achievements due to she short recovery from WWII and worried the US had fallen back on the advancement ...view middle of the document...

This budget was not used for a good purpose. The overall mental battle against the Soviet Union was a waste because we were already behind them in technology advancement because they had already launched Sputnik, which started the space race. Trying to land a human being on the moon however, was a waste of government resources because there was no real point to landing a man on the moon. The accomplishments of the space race were primarily political and nature. Scientific benefits were limited (“Space Race”, 1451).
During the time of the space race, the need to land the first man on the moon was a waste of government resources because the American public was not interested in this accomplishment and did not get a benefit from this. In the home front, many american homes were now living the new American life. The women stayed at home and watched after the kids, and the dad’s would work very long hours to keep the income coming in and the family afloat economically. Although we were worried about the USSR and their nuclear programs involving Cuba, the space race was not always the greatest threat or accomplishments the public wanted. The american pride was low from the Space Race, USA came on top of the world after WWII and were crippled by the USSR in the beginning of the war. Losing all hope in the later found NASA and did not give the US any support (“The Space Race and the Cold War”). On December 6, 1957, USA failed to launch their first satellite (Watson). This lost all the hope the people had because the USSR was already ahead of us and we were supposed to be the supreme nation. The United States public did not support the effort to land the first man on the moon so overall, it was a waste of government resources.
The need to put the first man on the moon was a waste of government resources because this did not show the overall dominance...

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