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The Final MissionPreserving NASA's Apollo Sites$
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Lisa Westwood, Beth Laura O'Leary, and Milford Wayne Donaldson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062464

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062464.001.0001

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Cultural Context of Apollo Culture

Cultural Context of Apollo Culture

(p.13) 1 Cultural Context of Apollo Culture
The Final Mission

Lisa Westwood

Beth Laura O’Leary

Milford Wayne Donaldson

University Press of Florida

This chapter expands on the notion of Apollo Culture in greater detail, beginning with an historic context of the Cold War era. It takes a look at the Sputnik and Vanguard launches during the IGY (International Geophysical Year) Space Race, and explains how these political and social events of the mid-20th century set the stage for the rise and fall of the Apollo program- which required a combination of engineering, marketing, and scientific efforts by the federal government.

Keywords:   Apollo, Culture, Cold War, Space Race, IGY, Sputnik, Vanguard

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