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The 1970's Essay

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The 70’s: not the 1770’s and not even the 1870’s, but the 1970’s included several important new aspects toward the American culture and civilization. During the 1970’s, the fastest way to travel was the electric train (Gaff 27), Apple II was the first ever successful personal computer (Bondi 475), Australopithecus aforensis (otherwise known as Lucy because of the Beatles song played during the excavation) was discovered in Ethiopia, and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory officially began running experiments (486-489). The 1970’s was a decade in which America displayed its innovative qualities, began recognizing the importance of the environment, and brought forth change in several aspects of every-day life.
America proved to be very innovative during the 70’s because of the technological advances that occurred. The Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), as mentioned before, began running in 1972. The purpose of Fermilab was to break subatomic particles into their smallest possible size. Fermilab aided in the discovery of quarks. Fermilab was even credited with the discovery of the tau lepton (tauon), and the joint discovery of the charm quark, and the gluon (Bondi 489). The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) continued to run the Apollo missions to the moon (472-475). NASA was formed because of the “Space Race” between America and the Soviet Union as a result of the Cold War. America had proved itself in the fact that NASA went to the moon, whereas the Soviets were better with long stays in space. Skylab was NASA’s first lab to orbit Earth and was launched in May 1973. It was designed to run experiments based on weightlessness and observations for the possibility of humans sustaining life in orbit. The Space Race somewhat came to an end when NASA and the Soviets did their first ever joint mission. They combined the Apollo and Soyuz modules to create a space station (480). Skylab’s experiments maybe foreshadow something else that occurred during the 1970’s and continues even to this day.
Several attempts to create a better living environment in union with nature appeared during the 70’s; this showed America’s beginnings of being Earth-conscious. On the last day of the year in 1970, President Nixon passes the National Air Quality Act in order to create a better atmosphere for earth (Bondi 472). This...

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