United States History Question of the Day
Answer and Explanation


Sputnik I weighed 183 pounds and orbited
the earth once every 96 minutes
(Source:Wikimedia Commons--public domain)

Question 0100402:

Which 1957 event led to fear throughout the U.S. and the passage of the National Defense Education Act?

A) the integration of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas
B) the launching of the Soviet satellite Sputnik
C) Fidel Castro's takeover of Cuba
D) the crushing of the Hungarian revolt by the Soviet Union
E) the Suez Crisis

Answer:
 
B) the launching of the Soviet satellite Sputnik

Explanation: The successful launch in 1957 of Sputnik, the first artificial satellite, accompanied by slow progress of the U.S. space rocket program, sparked fear of the Soviet Union and a massive increase in federal funding for science education and research.

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