The political, social, and economic changes impacted the relationship between the two countries. Many of the issues began when they took the fight to space to see who had the best technology, military firepower, and stronger social, political, and economic systems. Politics was the main point, over science, in Americas point of view of the Space Race, but to the Soviets it was Science over everything. The Space Race was a giant step into the United States winning the Cold War.
While today our space program flounders in the public eye, this movie illustrates a time when NASA’s successes and failures held a huge sociological impact on American and even international life. In many different aspects, the American space program and more specifically the rescue of the Apollo 13 crew really showed traits similar to those found in any three of the major sociological perspectives: functionalist, symbolic interactionism, and conflict. On one hand, it can be seen that NASA is a large structure formed of many smaller structures that keep is going. The government funds NASA, NASA hires crew to build and fly the ships and the different crews do their separate parts to come together as a whole and make it all work out (much as the crew on the ground did during the rescue mission of the Apollo 13 crew). Now on the other hand, the symbolic interactionism really shows itself in not just the rescue mission or space program itself, but involving everyone throughout the entire film.
The pressure of budget and schedule increase the chance of neglecting the potential risks which was abnormal performance of different components, becoming a factor in causing the disaster. Conclusion Technical issue, management issue, and pressure are the main causes of Columbia disaster. Inadequate understanding of foam and faulty design cause the foam shedding. Also, the inadequate risk assessment and flaw in organization culture in NASA lead to the acceptance of foam shedding and impact the engineers’ final decision. Furthermore, engineers were under budget and schedule pressure to launch the orbiter, ignoring the potential
Losing the money from the National government to fund scientific endeavors would prove costly as we move forward. From the beginning NASA has been the leader in its field, and has been not only the top space agency in the country but also in the world for the past ... ... middle of paper ... ... be complete till next summer, but, support for this move needs to start now. With the written support of people like us, the government will see the interest still had in our space program, and hopefully give NASA the necessary funds to still be a commander in the field of space exploration. Works Cited "Great Speeches Collection: John F. Kennedy Speech "We Choose to Go to the Moon..."" The History Place. Web.
NASA's space centers organize, monitor and control each mission with military precision. But reduction of personnel and internal pressure to launch on time caused safety issues to be neglected. Absence of Success A video clip and report was sent to Boeing engineers when the foam tile strike occurred during the launch. Boeing requested a satellite image of the wing, but never received it. Without pictures, they created a computer modeling tool, 'Crater', to predict how the damage would affect Columbia during re-entry.
The Space Race not just only created shuttles, it created things we used now on daily basis like water purification, chemical detection, solar cells, and many more. The Cold War might have a lot of negative things to it like the spread of communism and how one country will fall to it and followed by the other, but one thing that benefited the world until the was the creation of new technologies by NASA during the war.
Today we see more and more young people taking up careers and jobs in the field of science. The Cold War was one of the most tensed times in the history of the world as the two super powers brought the world to the brink of war on several occasions. America came away from this period as a much more technological developed country. Peter Dickens in an article titled, Who Really won the space race, stated that “the conventional account says that the Soviet Union had an early lead but the United States “won” (monthly review). Some people will say that the USSR won the Space Race, however there's evidence that this never happened.
This constant over-budgeting by NASA results in higher taxes on the American people. Many of NASA’s programs have had to be cancelled due to vast corruption. 9 billion dollars was thrown away due to corrupt management and spending on the Constellation program (NFAA). The corruption within the United States Congress dire... ... middle of paper ... ...ther with one another before we even think about branching out into space. For example, the United States must learn how to communicate and fix their relationship with Russia before trying to reach out and conquer space.
Space travel is our future and needs exploration. NASA should be more highly funded by the United States government, in order to continue research towards future objectives. “NASA’s budget continues to be reduced from almost $18.5 billion in 2011 to $17.8 billion in 2012” (McBrien). With NASA expecting more budget cuts in the future, something
The space race had a great historical significance for the U.S. and the whole world. On the surface, it seemed as a battle of science and technology. In reality, it was actually a political battle between the world’s two major superpowers and their economic systems, an ideological battle between communism and capitalism. So, was the space race a waste of time? Could all those millions of dollars have been better invested in something else?