Joyanna Adams

Nobody's Opinion

Did Russia Win the Space Race?

Nobody Wonders:

Do you remember what you were doing when America put the first man on the moon? Okay, so you were three. That’s no excuse.

It was just the biggest deal in America, and it was all because the Russians put a dog and then a man up in space, and JFK just couldn’t take that. So we went to the moon. (Okay, some say it was faked…I have no clue.)

And then the rest of our lives…we heard not another word about Russia and its space program…unless of course you happened to read the National Geographic issue of October 1986:

“Behind this bold undertaking (The Russians were going up to fix their space station) is the accumulated experience of a space faring nation second to none. Soviet Space pioneers and passengers have carried aloft from 11 other lands, have logged 12 years of space travel amassing a record of solid achievements and spectacular firsts. By contrast the United States in 55 manned missions has accumulated less than five years of space experience.”

Remember: This was 1986.

As you remember, after the Shuttle blew up during Reagan’s term in office, we slowly seemed to lose interest. Not the Russians. They have been steady, and relentless. I hate to seem ignorant on having even thought about this until now, but I got mad last night, because some American scientist who was getting really excited —talking about going back to Titan and other Moons around Saturn and then he said that he hoped Obama got reelected, and gets a boost from some of the things being planned—well–that comment simply floored me.

Our space program was closed down by Obama. Russia now charges us for passage to space. So WHY again would this scientist want Obama to be President?

The Russians have done some remarkable things: Here’s a bit from Wikipedia in case, like me, you missed it:

Over its sixty-year history, this primarily classified military program was responsible for a number of pioneering accomplishments in space flight, including the first intercontinental ballistic missile (1957), first satellite (Sputnik-1), first animal in space (the dog Laika on Sputnik 2), first human in space and Earth orbit (cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on Vostok 1), first woman in space and Earth orbit (cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova on Vostok 6), first spacewalk (cosmonaut Alexey Leonov on Voskhod 2), first Moon impact (Luna 2), first image of the far side of the moon (Luna 3) and unmanned lunar soft landing (Luna 9), first space rover, first space station, and first interplanetary probe.

What would JFK have said were he alive, about the fact that we closed the American manned space program and now depend on Russia to get us there?

Nobody Wonders.

 

October 24, 2012 - Posted by | American History, Space, Space Exploration, Uncategorized | , , ,

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