But in July of 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the moon before live audiences around the world. As he stepped out on this extraterrestrial surface, he stated the now famous words, “That was one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” But why was Kennedy so adamant about sending men to the moon? What significance could such a feat serve in our lives? Of course, we lived in a different time then. Many believed our effort to send a man to the moon was just an attempt to display the philosophical superiority of capitalism over communism during the height of the Cold War.
In WALL-E, the movie, Shelby Forthright, BnL CEO appears on a screen and tells the passengers that “because of BnL, space is the final ‘FUN-tier’!” (WALL-E). This quote makes reference to the idea that outer-space is the final frontier, but with a mix of an entertaining, futuristic, and controlling ideal. This ideal of conquering the final frontier connects with Wolf’s view of the Right Stuff. Therefore, space-culture has many competing which interconnect with many American novels and films. Many Americans view outer-space as the final frontier, a place where people talk like machines, or a place that is a hot, steamy, environmental disaster.
Kennedy also uses an allusion to exaggerate to sudden change in tecchnology and show how advanced this country... ... middle of paper ... ... own question of “why...the moon?” by saying, “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills”. By answering his own rhetorical question, it emphasizes to the reader that it is reasonable to travel to the moon, it will just take alot of dedication and hard work to succeed such a task. President Kennedy has shown the commitment, justified the struggles, and now developed the need in every listener’s mind why America needs to be the first country to land a person on the moon. Looking back, he obviously succeeded. His speech was the major turning point in making the move happen, and rhetorical questions, allusions, and repetition all played an important role in making the speech so persuasive and inspiring.
Our future as the technically dominate nation was secured in place; just as secure as Old Glory would be, when she was driven down into the soil of the moon. We not only reached the moon, we conquered it as a nation; united. It was the 1960’s in America, a time of social consciousness, fear, war, distrust in government, and rebellion. It was a time in which bomb shelter ads on TV were common place. It was a time of tension and fears for communism creping though our neighborhoods and infiltrating American ideals.
With the exhaustion of combat and the devastation of loss, the need to believe in something, to have hope, is a greater need than expected. Therefore the ‘utopian dream’ of a n... ... middle of paper ... ...ing to consider when looking at the designs of the time. Pressing matters of today, such as climate change and the environment, were not regarded as particularly important back in the 1950s, especially within the transportation world, so it is understandable to think an exciting and outrageous design could be taken more seriously when revealed to an audience that were unaware of the connotations of such features. This fearless and tenacious spirit is overwhelming in the concept cars of the space race. They allowed the creators to feel a sense of freedom and positivity about a future that was almost expected once man had set foot on the moon.
It is this plausablilty of what conventionally should not be acceptable that has led to science fiction's increasing popularity over the years. As James explains, "much sf is concerned with the future and with the possibilities presented by scientific and technological change" (James 3). Truly, humans exploring and even colonizing other worlds, the plot of many a science fiction novel, has to many become inevitable. The successful series of Apollo moon landings in the 1960's and the knowledge that we already possess the technology to send humans to other worlds leads many to believe that it is only a matter of time. Even such a notably respectable news source as Newsweek has detailed the future maned missions to Mars (September, 23 1996).
Now as we are rapidly approaching the Millenium many people are getting the blues. This seems absurd because this offers all of us a perfect chance to start again. NASA is embracing this chance to grow and expand their departments. The phrase, “Space, the final frontier,” expresses the world’s obsession with space travel, that started centuries before it even became popular 30 years ago in Gene Roddenberry’s TV series “Star Trek.” Science fiction has entertained our culture for years. Movies such as Star Wars and Planet of the Apes have helped fuel our desire to get off the planet earth, find new life forms, and conquer the stars.
Finally in October 1957, the USSR launched Sputnik into space. Thus began years of rivalry for control of outer space called the Space Race. This paper seeks to answer the question of which country won the Space Race. The answer to the question of who won the Space Race might be controversial, and it all depends on who you ask the question.It is an understanding that “mankind’s access to new frontiers has always been a major factor in in the future success of societies that exploited the opportunities when they arose ”(Richardson). The United States was obsessed with space technology flexing its muscles at acquiring more arsenals albeit to expand supremacy.
In 1969, Neil Armstrong did not just land on the moon; he ended the Space Race, gave hope for future untold technological advancements, left a triumph for democracy over the Soviet totalitarian rule, and indeed made a giant leap for mankind. The Lasting Impact of World War II The massive disorder and economic ruin resulting from World War II left the world in shambles. Following, the Second World War came the burdens of the people and countries involved. Explanations for the onset of the Cold War begin with World War II. This conflict measures to be the most destructive in human history.
There have been two events in history which has change science fiction into what is today, the '…explosion of the first atomic bomb and landing on the moon'; (Gunn and Boucher 5). Think about it, seeing a little space ship go millions of miles into space and landing on a moon. People would thinks to themselves wow. Or seeing a huge mushroom cloud fling into the air and destroy everything it touches. That the only purpose of science fiction is to '…deals with events that did not happen, may have happened, or have not yet happened'; (Gunn and Boucher 1).