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The Sky Is the Limit

These resources explain technology of the 1950s and NASA's early space program efforts. Use these resources to support student inquiry into how technology shaped the 1950s. Use the Export to My Lists button above to turn this into a research list for your students.

  • What was life like prior to the polio vaccine? How did American attitudes around antibiotics change in the 1950s?
  • What was the National Defense Education Act? How successful was the act in preparing the United States to be leaders in technology?
  • How did the Cold War affect advancements in U.S. technology and science?


  1. Overview: The Sky is the Limit
  2. Visuals: The Sky is the Limit (Visual)
  3. Outlines: Outline
  4. Transcripts: Transcript
  5. Lesson: Introduction
  6. Lesson: 1-Scientific Advances
  7. Lesson: 2-U.S. Response to Soviets
  8. Lesson: 3-Space Race
  9. Lesson: Closing
  10. Investigate Activities: Sputnik Escalates the Cold War
  11. Photos & Illustrations: Sputnik
  12. Photos & Illustrations: Cape Canaveral: first missile launch
  13. Photos & Illustrations: Launch of Jupiter C Explorer satellite
  14. Photos & Illustrations: Salk, Jonas: inoculates boy
  15. Photos & Illustrations: Satellite, first U.S.
  16. Reference Articles: Arms Race
  17. Reference Articles: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  18. Reference Articles: National Defense Education Act
  19. Reference Articles: Space Exploration
  20. Reference Articles: U.S.-Soviet Space Race
  21. Speeches: Eisenhower, Dwight D.: Atoms for Peace speech (1953)

MLA Citation

"The Sky Is the Limit." History Hub, ABC-CLIO, 2020, historyhub.abc-clio.com/Support/Display/2153077?cid=256. Accessed 20 Jan. 2020.

Entry ID: 2153077

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