The Space Race: Project Mercury

Race to the moon! An engaging activity focuses on NASA's Project Mercury and the Space Race. Scholars read a memorandum regarding the project and explore how it fueled Cold War tensions. Academics complete a worksheet and discuss the Space Race's impact on the  legacy of the Cold War. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Show pictures from Project Mercury
  • Share video clips from Project Mercury with the class
Classroom Considerations
  • Activity requires Internet access to complete  
  • Activity can be completed in pairs
  • The resource is great for a unit on the Space Race or the Cold War
  • None