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ERIC Number: EJ779262
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
October 1957 Memorandum Related to Sputnik
McNatt, Missy; Traill, David
Social Education, v71 n6 p332-336 Oct 2007
On October 5, 1957, the headline on the front page of the "Baltimore News-Post" proclaimed "Russ "Moon" Circling Earth." The "Russ" Moon was Sputnik I, launched by the Soviet Union a day earlier. The launch had far-reaching and unexpected outcomes for the United States. Almost immediately, President Dwight D. Eisenhower called a meeting with key officials from the defense and scientific communities to discuss its ramifications. This article presents the Memorandum of the Conference with the President that occurred on October 8, 1957 and submitted by Brigadier General Andrew Jackson Goodpaster, staff secretary and defense liaison, on October 9. The two-page memorandum highlights President Eisenhower's reaction and the government's response. Teaching suggestions are provided.
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Historical Materials; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: USSR