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Shawn McCartney Space Flight Space flight is the penetration by humans into the universe above the earths atmosphere The purpose of space flight is to suite the scientific physical and mental needs of humans Some reasonsgoals for space flight is to provide earths communications expanding the knowledge of humanity and exploration of the unknown Therefore improving earth-based productivity The History of Space Flight From the carnage and destruction of WWII there grew two new technologies The computer and the solid fuel rocket These two technologies made for destruction were then discovered that they could be used for the role of humanity in the universe Rockets provided the strength and the computer provided the precision In the 1950s the cold war erupted between the US and the Soviet Union Therefore the race for space began As the Americans and Soviets raced for space in their struggle for world dominance the Soviets were the first to send an artificial satellite in earths orbit Sputnik was the name of this primitive display of technology its main purpose was for communications The second satellite to reach orbit was Sputnik 2 which contained the first terrestrial organism to reach space a dog named Laika which showed humans it was possible to live in space Laikas life support unfortunately only lasted a few days the dog-died in orbit In the US there was great disappointment that Russia had beaten them in the race to launch the first satellite Even greater was the fear that they could put atomic bombs into orbit and drop them on the US It was that fear that motivated them to launch their first satellite Their first attempt ended in embarrassment and failure The launch took place on December 6 1957 in Florida 2 months after the launch of Sputnik 1 A 72ft rocket stood ready to launch into the void of space But
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