The Space Race
About The Space Race: Fact, Fiction, Fantasy
Required Texts: Preferred editions are linked below. You must have the Graff & Birkenstein 4th or you won't keep up with our writing exercises/workshops in class. For other texts, if you have a different edition, you must use a friend's correct edition for all page references in papers and responses, or lose points. Whatever you do, do not order e-books; no electronics of any sort are permitted in my classes. Put down that drug, addicts!
Films (see schedule for links to streaming or location of physical copies):
- Chazelle, dir. First Man
- Howard, dir. Apollo 13
- Melfi, dir. Hidden Figures.
- Klushantsev, dir. Road to the Stars
- Pitchel, dir. Destination Moon
Some guiding questions: Beware simplistic answers.
- What inspired the public enthusiasm for the Space Race?
- Why were Astronauts cult figures in the 60s?
- What engineering and political decisions got America to the Moon before the USSR?
- What made the Apollo 11 landing such a universally admired moment?
- Why did we stop being interested in visiting the moon?
- Is there be another Space Race right now, to the Moon and Mars? If so, why?
- Who would be more likely to explore other worlds and colonize them, today? Government, private industry? A partnership? One nation or many, working together?