Jacob Gibbs: Space As Culture

    History is shaped, through fear, tension, and innovation. This period usually attributed to American endeavors was fueled by these same factors. What life that was breathed into this era was discovery about Earth, ourselves, and movements to solve every subject in between. Within a short span we discovered more in space than ever before, the same can be said in the world's zeitgeist. 

The 1950's This era of rampant innovation after World War 2 both frightened and inspired us. Wernher Von Braun's V-2 missile/rocket concept still stands influential. To future endeavors like Sputnik.
Space directing our thoughts on how we consider Earth as whole, undivided. 3 years later, Unisphere was formed for the World's Fair. It stands a testament, thinking about tomorrow and how to form it.
Innovations within the STEM began to rise (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics). Cultural shifts of scientific knowledge was no longer forced. It was imbibed in schools without effort.
Regardless of the war we still found time to innovate. When Kennedy stated he wanted us to walk on the moon we hadn't yet made a spacecraft that didn't explode, until now.
This is a close up of a paper advocating against involvement in the Vietnam War, and the war altogether. Written on the back side is a small note in regards to Dr. King's speech he would later give.
Even during these times of civil unrest we still found time to innovate, to change our culture, to force a new perspective of it onto ourselves. Ideally because of the hope Space had brought us.
Earthrise helped spark an increasing awareness of the unity of the planet. As Astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson quotes it, "We went to the moon, and we discovered Earth."
Every week there was talk about the world of tomorrow because of "Space as Culture". the Comprehensive Clean Air Act, Earth Day, and Doctors Without Borders all formed after the first Earthrise image.
Start the video at 5:05 One of the last major missions, where man finally walked on it helped push our minds to innovation once more. These men are known as the next generation of pioneers.
The reusable spacecraft, a coveted innovation. The most recent being the shuttle Atlantis, which is now able to to be seen at the Kennedy Center. Space acted on our culture briefly, almost too brief.
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