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Kennedy Speech ]

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Astronomy Assessment
Lesson: The Space Program and Current Missions

Read the attached article Man on the Moon: Kennedy speech ignited the dream and listen to President John F. Kennedy’s speech to congress asking for funding for a space program. Then answer the following questions.

(1) How would you describe the political situation between the US and Russia in the 1950’s?
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(2) Why do you think President Kennedy was so adamant about landing a man on the Moon? What would this accomplish?

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(3) Do you think our missions to the moon and subsequent space exploration have succeeded in their initial goals? Why or why not?

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