Assuming I have elves and humans both evolved on my world:
The United Federal Sapients is a government similar to the US government with similar systems in place (e.g. Congress, Senate, President, Supreme Court). It is interracial---meaning both elves and humans live as equals. The tech level is 1970-ish.
Assuming otherwise my planet is much like Earth, how might the space program of my multi-race civilization develop in 30 years? Would the possible conflict between races effect my national space program?
The elves have slight physical differences. They diverged from our evolutionary tree and evolved to have no body hair. They are unable to have children with humans except in rare (1 in ten million) instances and the resulting offspring are infertile.
Unlike most countries where Elves and Humans are constantly fighting, the UFS has total equality withe even the government of mixed species. Elves cannot reproduce until they are at least 20 years old and live to be 120-150.
To clarify, I am looking for societal impacts that could either effect the space program directly or indirectly.
So, would there be more conflict (than, say, black and white), at least to the level that it would effect the space program? Another way to word it would be, how would the conflict be different than modern racial tension in America and how could this (or would it?) effect space travel?
Elves have superior strength but it takes longer for them to mature than humans. The population ration is about 60/50 (Humans to Elves). Earlier (150-200 years) in the history of this world a civil war (similar to the American Civil War) was fought to end the legality forced sexual abuse of elven women by human males. The side fighting to end this abuse won the war, so this is a possible mode of conflict.
Many wars pre-UFS have been fought between elves and humans to determine resource ownership and it is possible that some hatred might still exist.
Elves also have a stronger bone structure and their vital organs are able to repair themselves easily when exposed to radiation that would give humans cancer. The elves are the ones who invented space technology and this was quickly adapted and perfected (to 1970 levels) by humanity. The world in question has a habitable moon and the races want to set up research bases on it studying the effects of reduced gravity on Flora and Fauna (both native moon and 'Earth' life).
Humans and Elves interact (mostly) on equal terms, although racial (or would it be species?) discrimination is not outlawed and many Elves and Humans own shops not permitting each other service. Restrooms are separate and many other 1970ish bans.
The exact details of the mission are:
6 Human crew.
8 Elf crew.
The unstated political goal of the mission is to discourage fighting between races and show that they can both coexist peacefully.