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Sputnik sets up a new deal
Despite the american will to be first, they can't stop Soviets from developing new technologies that would jeopardize their own victory.
  • Places and forms of Power
    • In this document, we understand the confrontation between the two most powerful countries at that time: the USA and the USSR.

    • Concerning Sputnik, it represents the supremacy of the Soviets at that moment in the space race. The USA are outdistanced.

    • We also understand that it not only about the space race but about the arms race. The USA are not scared by the satellite but by the rocket capable of sending a huge payload with a fine precision. In other words, the USA are scared by the Russian’s military power.
  • The idea of Progress
    • Sputnik is a huge progress for humanity. It is the first object sent in space by humans. It sets the start of a new age, that of humans breaking free of their own planet.
Open all notions
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  • Cheap: bon marché
  • Launch: lancement
  • To scare the pants off: faire une de ces peurs
  • Heavy: lourd
  • Payload: charge utile
  • Takeoff: décollage
  • Despite: malgré
  • Overstated: exagéré
  • Stunned: stupéfait / abasourdi / sidéré
  • Maverick: marginal / non-conformiste / dissident
  • Purpose: but / raison / objectif
  • Wherewithal: moyens / ressources
  • Proponent: partisan / adepte
  • Dissenter: dissident / contestataire
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  • more sophisticated than
  • a heavier
  • more than 50 times as much
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  • Convert units
  • 1 pound = 0,45 Kg
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