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How Wartime Affected the Space Program

December 3, 2020

Advances made in rocketry during the World War II gave birth to the space program. As the war neared its end, the world set its sight on space and the Moon. During the Cold War, the space race was at its peak, with both the United States and the Soviet Union trying to be the first ones to reach outer space. […]

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What Inspired the Mission to the Moon?

December 3, 2020

Since ancient times, humans have been fascinated by the Moon. They spent years observing and studying it. On July 20, 1969, humans first walked on the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission. However, many factors contributed toward this huge success that was achieved by mankind. […]

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History

The Aftermath of the Nuclear Bomb

November 21, 2020

The research and subsequent development of nuclear energy opened up the Pandora’s Box of its limitless potential. The atomic bombings and their harsh aftermath woke the world to the many grave possibilities of nuclear energy. […]

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The Creation of the Atomic Bomb

November 21, 2020

In 1941, Roosevelt founded the Office of Scientific Research and Development to mobilize science for total war. This mobilization resulted in the Manhattan Project. The project led to the development of the first nuclear weapons. The project was led by the US with the support of the UK and Canada. […]

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History

The Dawn of the Age of the Atom

November 21, 2020

An experiment in 1942 in a Chicago lab by physicist Enrico Fermi was the first time in human history that a controlled fission chain reaction had been produced. It was a small beginning, only producing enough power to power a light bulb. It still led the way, however, and within three short years of continuous research, it was molded into the atomic bomb. […]

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Contributions of Thomas Edison and Others to Motion Pictures

October 12, 2020

In the United States, Thomas Edison enthralled an audience with astounding images using his Vitascope, and around the same time, the Lumière Brothers also created films of one minute duration in France. However, their perspectives regarding the motion pictures differed greatly.
Read about the contributions of Thomas Edison, Lumière Brothers, and Georges Méliès to the world of motion pictures. […]

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