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    Yeah, I also posted this on INTPC. Wanna make something of it?

    This is a passage for a 9th grade reading book. The title is always the hardest part for me. Noah suggested For The Love of Tang, but I think I need to solicit other opinions. (Warning: I turn quite the ghei phrase. But anyway...)

    1 Things were tense in America in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The Cold War chilled the nation?s blood. There?s no physical fighting in a ?cold? war, but it often seems like the war could turn hot at any time. America and its adversary the Soviet Union (Russia and several surrounding states, now separate countries) flexed their military power, each trying to strongarm the other into submission. Previous wars had taken place on the earth?s surface. The two World Wars had extended to the sky. Now, the cold war threatened to take it to another level: space.

    2 In 1957, Soviet scientists launched the first artificial Earth satellite, Sputnik 1. The Soviets, still recovering from World War II, considered Sputnik a scientific triumph. Americans were not pleased to hear of this Soviet success. People assumed that America?s technology would always be one step ahead of the Soviet Union?s. Furthermore, America already had its collective eye on space exploration. Most Americans thought that their nation would lead the world into space. Beyond these assumptions, American leaders also saw Sputnik as a message: this war is not just for control of Earth, but of space as well. A country that can create such a satellite could also create a weapon that could strike from the opposite side of the earth.

    3 American scientists responded by hurriedly completing their satellite projects in an attempt to surpass the Soviets? achievment. Several of these early attempts failed. Adding insult to injury, the Soviets soon launched Sputnik 2. Finally, four months after the first Sputnik launch, the American satellite Explorer 1 made it into orbit. American leaders also responded. President Eisenhower improved science education in the nation?s public schools, to ensure a steady pool of capable scientists. Texas Senator Lyndon B. Johnson led the charge that formed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The Space Race had begun.

    4 In 1961, the Soviet Union upped the stakes once more by sending a spacecraft with a human pilot into orbit around the earth, making Yuri Gregarin the first human in space. NASA?s plan was to take small steps that would lead to putting humans in space, to compete with the Soviet achievements. That same year, NASA?s Mercury project sent a spacecraft called Freedom 7 into space, piloted by the first American in space, Alan Shepherd. The following year they launched another craft, Friendship 7, piloted by John Glenn, making him the first American to orbit the earth. These first trips were short and experimental, but Mercury achieved its goal: to send a manned spacecraft into orbit around the Earth, study the effects on the human body, and bring the pilot home safely. To do this, they needed a mission control center, so that scientists on the ground could communicate with the astronauts.

    5 The Mercury missions (as well as the first few Gemini missions, an extension of the Mercury project) were launched and controlled from Cape Canaveral, Florida. In 1964, thanks to the efforts of Johnson and other Texan politicians in Washington D.C., Mission Control moved to Texas. That year, the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston opened. It would later be renamed Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, after the man whose efforts had helped make the space program and the Houston facility a reality..

    6 From Building 30 at the new facility, scientists in the Mission Control Center assisted the astronauts involved in the Gemini project. The first mission controlled from Houston was NASA?s first extravehicular activity, commonly known as a spacewalk. For the first time, astronauts left the relative safety of the spacecraft, donning space suits to protect their bodies in the harsh void of space. This and other Gemini missions would take astronauts away from Earth for longer and longer missions. The Mercury and Gemini projects both prepared for a later project, Apollo. The Apollo project?s goal was to land American astronauts on the moon and bring them home again safely. After Apollo, the Skylab project installed the first American space station to compete with the Soviet station, Salyut. After Skylab fell out of orbit in 1979, the Space Shuttle missions continued sending Americans into space. None of these missions could succeed without capable scientists on the ground, coordinating with the astronauts above the sky.

    7 The Mission Control Center at this new facility consisted of two large rooms called Mission Operations Control Rooms, or MOCRs. At the front of each MOCR was a large map screen which tracked the spacecraft?s location in space. Facing the map screen were four rows of consoles, each set up with the proper equipment for handling a small part of the mission. Mission Control operated from these two identical rooms for the next 44 years, through the Gemini missions that sent humans around the earth, the Apollo missions that culminated with the moon landing, the Skylab missions that put the first American space station into orbit around the earth, and nearly two decades of Space Shuttle missions. In 1998, when the International Space Station was built, NASA changed the way missions were controlled. There are still two control rooms, now called Flight Control Rooms (FCRs). One FCR is used to control Space Shuttle missions, the other for International Space Station missions. From this FCR, NASA scientists cooperate with scientists from other countries to operate the International Space Station.

    8 One country that now works with NASA scientists is the same country with which NASA was meant to compete. After the waning of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, NASA began to work alongside the Russian space program. Beginning at the Russian space station Mir, and continuing on board the International Space Station, American astronauts and Russian cosmonauts live side by side for weeks or even months at a time. The space race began during a time of tension, when America was involved in a high-stakes chess match with the Soviet Union. This fierce rivalry gave way, replaced by trust and shared goals between scientists. Today, the American and Russian scientific communities play for the same team.
    The one who buggers a fire burns his penis
    -anonymous graffiti in the basilica at Pompeii

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    I suppose "Moon-Tang" is out too then.
    "Hey Capa -- We're only stardust." ~ "Sunshine"

    “Pleasure to me is wonder—the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability. To trace the remote in the immediate; the eternal in the ephemeral; the past in the present; the infinite in the finite; these are to me the springs of delight and beauty.” ~ H.P. Lovecraft

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    Yes. Yes it is.
    The one who buggers a fire burns his penis
    -anonymous graffiti in the basilica at Pompeii

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    Moonshot My Tang
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    If a generic title works fine, "The Space Race" or "Space Competition" will always work.

    "Blast Off"

    "Cold War Above the Atmosphere"

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    "From Competitive to Cooperative exploration"

    or

    "The birth and death of the Space Race: A metaphor for the Cold War"

    What do you think?

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    Nice ones, Athenian. The second is a bit advanced for 9th grade but I can tweak it a bit.
    The one who buggers a fire burns his penis
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zergling View Post
    If a generic title works fine, "The Space Race" or "Space Competition" will always work.

    "Blast Off"

    "Cold War Above the Atmosphere"
    I do like that last one. "The Space Race" is what it was called when my editor said I should bring the title up a grade level or two. It's a fine line. *sigh*
    The one who buggers a fire burns his penis
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    The Race for Space
    A Mission to Control
    Sputnik: You've Gotta Problem
    The Texas-Moscow Pissing Contest
    Battlefield (above)Earth
    NASA: The Real Story Behind Texas Hold'em
    From Russia With Love: The True Reasons Why Nadia Comenichi and Yakov Smirnoff Became American Icons
    In Space No One Can Audit the Books
    Ike & Khrushchev's Up In Smoke
    Ain't No Stalin Us Now:How Spunik Changed the Course of History
    The Race to the Great Unknown
    This Sky's Not Big Enough for the Both of Us
    Expanding Overhead Costs
    Rocket Man: LBJ's Finest Mission
    Thin Air: The US-USSR Battle Above Earth
    Before They Were American Gladiators: How Gemini & Apollo Figured into the Rise of the Cold War
    Who's On First: How NASA Scientists Won the Cold War
    North By Northwest -- Yeah, has nothing to do w/anything but it's still a cool title
    The South Rose Again: How MOCR's Boosted the US in the Cold War
    Between Space and Time

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    The one who buggers a fire burns his penis
    -anonymous graffiti in the basilica at Pompeii

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