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Throughout the mid 1900s, the U.S. was involved in the Cold War. The U.S. fought against the Soviet Union to ultimately contain the spread of communism across the globe. When it was discovered that nuclear weaponry could be launched from space, countries competed to develop ways to do so. The accessibility of each country from space was a new concept that was exciting for aeronautic scientists to learn more about. And thus, the birth of the National Aeronautic Space Association (NASA). NASA was created during the Cold War as the United States competed with the Soviet Union to discover a world beyond our knowledge.
NASA was an association created to ‘one-up’ the Soviet Union during the 1960’s. While the Cold War was consuming the public’s attention, scientists searched for a more effective way to use the atomic bomb. It was soon discovered that launching a rocket from space could easily reach any nation on earth and so begun the “Space Race”. This created a whole new aspect to the idea of war. “Both the United States and the USSR believed that having superior technology would boost respect for their power and prestige on earth” (Moser, 14). However, the U.S. government was hesitant to let the scientists its scientists participate in this space race (Moser). Despite the governments opposing views, NASA was created to increase the research and information known on space. After the organization was developed, there was less focus on using space as an advantage in war but rather the discovery of a new world. Beginning on October 1, 1958, NASA supersedes NACA (National Advisory Committee of Aeronautics). The association blossomed into an incredibly successful organization reaching an annual budget of $14.2 billion in 1995. With it...

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... engineers, and scientists, there is nothing holding NASA back from continuing their research and finding incredible results.
Over the years, NASA has proved itself to the world. Throughout the 1960’s, this spontaneously created association blossomed to form something that no one expected. NASA surprised the public with each new invention and discovery. Although developed during the Cold War to compete with the Soviet Union, the U.S. has teamed up with them. Today, many of the ships sent into space are made up of both American astronauts and Soviet cosmonauts. The goal to discover the outside world was a topic of interest for both countries. With the minds of the Soviets and the U.S. people, no one has come even close to reaching the bar that NASA has worked so hard to established. NASA has proven to be a very successful organization that will continue to develop.
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