Apollo-Soyuz: Space Age Detente

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The Space Race saw the Soviet Union and the US go from competitors to partners. Scholars read a letter regarding the first docking of the US and Soviet space craft. Young historians also complete a written assignment and participate in group discussion to understand the impact of the event on relations between the US and Soviet Union. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Compare the cooperation between the US and Soviet Union with the earlier Space Race
  • Guide a group discussion on the International Space Shuttle 
Classroom Considerations
  • A portion of the activity is completed online
  • Knowledge of the Cold War and space programs are required to complete the activity 
  • Resource is great to pair with a lesson the Cold War or the Space Race
  • The activity uses primary sources to engage learners 
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