History Alive

Season 3 Episode 22

Sputnik Mania

Aired Unknown Nov 29, 2008 on The History Channel
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The launch of Sputnik spurred the U.S. into an arms and space race leading to the development of NASA and massive reforms in our education system. Many of today's consumer technologies; the internet, cell phones and global positioning systems were developed through the Sputnik influence. Sputnik's launch also led to widespread panic--60% of Americans thought that nuclear war was imminent and that 50% of the American population would likely die.moreless

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