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In 1957, the Soviet Union launched the world's first satellite, Sputnik. Four years later, the communist nation characterized by some as having "practically stone age technology" sent the first man into space. It was the Space Race, and America was behind. When President John F. Kennedy boldly declared America would land a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s, shockingly little was known about Earth's companion. How old was it? What caused the craters? Was the surface solid enough to support a spacecraft full of astronauts? Long before the Space Race began, Dr. Gerard Kuiper was already looking for answers. At the University of Chicago's Yerkes Observatory, he published a groundbreaking photographic lunar atlas. Now his eye was on the Southwest. At the University of Arizona, he established the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, one of the first planetary science research institutions in the world. Kuiper's team published three more lunar atlases that were used by NASA to search for ... Written by Jason Davis

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From Arizona to the moon. And the dawn of planetary science.


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