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The Cold War Home Front: The Space Race
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A more detailed analysis of the topic is planned for the future. In the meantime, this archive of sources is presented.
 
UFOs
The Case For the Flying Saucers
sound Murrow's report
April 7, 1950: The Case For the Flying Saucers: The modern UFO era began on June 24, 1947, when businessman Kenneth Arnold sighted a formation of very bright objects in the sky while flying over the Cascade mountains in Washington. Edward R. Murrow interviewed Arnold and others in this CBS radio special report, titled "The Case for the Flying Saucers." Utilizing interviews, actors, historical reconstructions, and narration, this documentary, hosted by Murrow and heard nationwide on the evening of April 7, 1950, explores the growing phenomenon of UFO sightings and reflects the growing public attention and concern during the Cold War era with flying saucers in general.
 
Outer Space Before Space Travel
Book: By Space Ship to the Moon (1952), by Jack Coggins & Fletcher Pratt
Book: By Space Ship to the Moon (1952), by Jack Coggins & Fletcher Pratt
Film, "Red Planet Mars" (1952)
Film, "Red Planet Mars" (1952) (2 images)
"Satellite Baby" by Skip Stanley, 1956
sound "Satellite Baby" by Skip Stanley, 1956

"The Flying Saucer" by Buchanan and Goodman, 1956
sound "The Flying Saucer" by Buchanan and Goodman, 1956

Flying Saucer the 2nd" by Buchanan and Goodman, 1957
sound "Flying Saucer the 2nd" by Buchanan and Goodman, 1957
"Martian Melody" by Martian Symphony Orchestra (Buchanan & Goodman), 1957
sound "Martian Melody" by Martian Symphony Orchestra (Buchanan & Goodman), 1957
       
 
The Early Sputnik Era, 1957-1958
Sputnik I, the first artificial satellite, was launched by the Soviet Union on October 5, 1957. Sputnik II, the second spacecraft launched into orbit, was launched on November 3, 1957. It was the first to carry a living animal, a dog named Laika. She died after several hours due to overheating, but she provided valuable information to the space program, proving that living animals could survive the launch and weightlessness. Sputnik II reentered Earth's atmosphere on 14 April 1958 after 162 days in orbit.
Radio Moscow: Sputnik is Launched, 10/5/57
sound Radio Moscow: Sputnik I is Launched, 10/5/57
The Sound of Sputnik I
sound The Sound of Sputnik I
Beep! Beep! by Louis Prima, 1957
sound Beep! Beep! by Louis Prima, 1957
"Sputnik (Satellite Girl) by Jerry Engler, 1957
sound "Sputnik (Satellite Girl) by Jerry Engler, 1957
"Sputnik II" by Al Barkle, 1957
sound "Sputnik II" by Al Barkle, 1957
Roosevelt Sykes
sound "Sputnik Baby" by Roosevelt Sykes, 1957
"Santa and the Satellite" by Buchanan and Goodman, 1957
sound "Santa and the Satellite" by Buchanan and Goodman, 1957
"Captain Santa Claus (and his Reindeer Space Patrol)" by Bobby Helms, 1957
sound "Captain Santa Claus (and his Reindeer Space Patrol)" by Bobby Helms, 1957
"Satellite No. 2" by Carl Mann, 1958
sound "Satellite No. 2" by Carl Mann, 1958
"Satellite" by Teresa Brewer, 1958
sound "Satellite" by Teresa Brewer, 1958
"Sputnik Dance" by the Equadors, 1958
sound "Sputnik Dance" by the Equadors, 1958
"Sputniks and Mutniks" by Ray Anderson and Homefolks, 1958
sound "Sputniks and Mutniks" by Ray Anderson and Homefolks, 1958
Russian Postcard: Dog in Space, 1958
Russian Postcard: Dog in Space (Laika), 1958
Back cover of Fantastic Science Fiction magazine, May 1958
Back cover of Fantastic Science Fiction magazine, May 1958
 
Sputnik Mobile
Sputnik Mobile
Sputnik-inspired Barometer
Sputnik-inspired Barometer
     
 
Project Mercury: 1959-1963
NASA introduces the Mercury Astronauts, 4/9/59
sound NASA introduces the Mercury Astronauts, 4/9/59
Jose Jimenez--the Astronaut, by Bill Dana, 1960 excerpt
sound Jose Jimenez--the Astronaut, by Bill Dana, 1960 excerpt
The Astronaut, from Manna Overboard!!, by Charlie Manna, 1961
sound The Astronaut, from Manna Overboard!!, by Charlie Manna, 1961
"Astronaut" by Bob Arnold, 1961
sound "Astronaut" by Bob Arnold, 1961

Mercury Dime Space Capsule Bank (2 images)
GI Joe Space Capsule with record, 1962
GI Joe Space Capsule with record, 1962
GI Joe Record side 1: Introduction to Manned Mercury Spaceflight
sound GI Joe Record side 1: Introduction to Manned Mercury Spaceflight
GI Joe Record side 2: Actual Mercury Spaceflight Communications (Friendship 7)
sound GI Joe Record side 2: Actual Mercury Spaceflight Communications (Friendship 7)
News of Our Expanding World Map, 1962
News of Our Expanding World Map, 1962 (8 images)
 
 
Project Apollo: 1961-1975

Apollo Space Man Toy, by Mego

Lunar Spaceman Toy, by Mego

Moon Man Toy

Space Race Card Game, 1969 (complete)
 
 
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