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Eisenhower's Sputnik Moment: The Race for Space and World Prestige

Yanek Mieczkowski


In a critical Cold War moment, Dwight D. Eisenhower's presidency suddenly changed when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the world's first satellite. What Ike called “a small ball” became a source of Russian pride and propaganda, and it wounded him politically, as critics charged that he responded sluggishly to the challenge of space exploration. Yet Eisenhower refused to panic after Sputnik. He helped to guide the United States into the Space Age, even though Americans have given greater credit to John F. Kennedy for that achievement. This book examines the early history of America's space p ... More

Keywords: Cold War, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Sputnik, Space Age, U.S. space program, John F. Kennedy, space agency

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780801451508
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451508.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yanek Mieczkowski, author
Professor of History, Dowling College