All throughout my life, I’ve had difficulty understanding how large the universe is in comparison to not only Earth but also the Milky Way. The Powers of Ten video helps to explain all knowledge we have of the size of the enormous universe in comparison to the smallest cell in a human’s body (Powers of Ten), even with the video it’s hard to imagine how much larger the universe is than things like Mount Everest, whose massive size pales in comparison.
The struggle of understanding the idea of life beyond our own world has spurred a yearning to know more through research and space exploration—a concept that once seemed like only a sci-fi TV show plot. However, as the awareness of extraterrestrials surrounding Earth began to grow from beliefs and theories, space research has developed immensely and still continues to be studied. Galileo Galleli’s telescope invention played a monumental role in our understanding of the solar system and being able to hypothesize the possibility of other life forms in the universe (Space Pt1).
The studies and knowledge of space have shown a gradual increase since Copernicus and his proposal of the solar system organization (Space Pt1). However, it wasn’t until the middle of the Cold War, when the USSR launched Sputnik in 1957, that the world was sent into frenzy to understand outer space. The topic of what lies beyond could not avoid the front pages of newspapers. With the demand for scientific advancement in America, the entire education system changed—placing science and math courses with precedent over artistry courses (Space Pt2). As the Space Race continued, the focus on art began to decline not only in America, but in countries across the world as they attempted to become involved in space exploration.
Although art’s popularity declined, it still played an important role in propaganda during the Cold War. The propaganda—digital art in TVs, newspaper comics, etc.—swayed the audience from the enemy and encouraged the growth of scientific research (Space Pt3). This art not only helped advance support of the Cold War but also was so powerful that it inspired private exploration after NASA was ended in 2010 by President Obama (Space Pt4). Art helped to begin a whole new era of space exploration.
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Uconlineprogram. "8 Space Pt2 1280x720." YouTube. YouTube, 29 July 2013. Web. 28 May 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLZMDpoP-u0>.
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Uconlineprogram. "Space Pt4." YouTube. YouTube, 30 May 2012. Web. 28 May 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5ClKO6AJPo>.