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The Domination of Space (1950s)

The History Channel documentary Sputnik Mania uses footage from the films Space and National Security and Challenge of Outer Space to tell the story of the United States' ambitions to dominate space. Wernher von Braun and General John Medaris are seen in this clip from the film speaking out publicly about their desire for the militarization of space, fearing that if they do not act quickly the Soviets would do it first.

 

During an interview Major General Bernard Shriever proclaims, "The day will come when perhaps our major battles will be space battles instead of air battles. I certainly couldn't predict exactly when that will be, but I'm sure it will come in the future."

Previously on Paleo-Future:

 

One-World Job Market (1959)

Not Enough Bread in 1959 (1909)