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Men clap and smoke cigars in the control room after Apollo 13's safe landing



Grade Levels

Grades 9-12


History, Physical Science


Lesson Plans / Activities

Students will interpret primary and secondary sources to determine how the race to space from 1957-1969 reflected political, social and economic aspects of the Cold War.

Students will:

  • Analyze primary and secondary source documents to be used as supporting evidence.
  • Incorporate outside information (information learned in the course of study) as additional support.
  • Write a well-developed argument that answers the document-based essay question regarding the analogy between the race to space and the Cold War.

Race to Space Educator Edition (PDF 1112 KB)
Race to Space Student Edition (PDF 798 KB)

This lesson is part of the Celebrating Apollo Series.