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Since time began man has looked to the heavens in awe Its Creator remains a mystery its purpose not evident but its beauty beyond all measures The early men of this world named these heavens stars and some planets that was as far as they could go As time passed others grouped stars together and called these constellations and yet still later in time men came forth and grouped planets and stars into galaxies However that was not enough for our curious minds As this century began we manifested new ideas about space monsters on Mars Alien invasions on earth and exploration to other planets on rockets ships As far fetched as it then we did do one of these dreams we left this planet and traveled to another However the only reason we did achieve was not because of curiosity but of fear pride and power The second Great War had just ended and the terrorism of Hitler and his Nazis had been wiped out Nevertheless a new terror arose out of the war Nuclear warfare When we used the atom bomb to prematurely end the war with Japan we showed the world it was okay to use nuclear warfare When the Soviet Union learned this they too created a nuclear bomb With these factors now in play a new war began between the Soviets and America a Cold War Both countries had enough nuclear firepower to kill the earth 20 times With fear in the hearts of both soviets and Americans we began to show off in new ways just what kind of power each of our countries had One country would build a powerful rocket to blow up things better the other country would build a rocket that would reach farther distances Finally in 1959 it seemed as though Communist Russia had beaten us For in 1959 they sent to space the first satellite its name was Sputnik It had
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