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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight”


Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight. By Jay Barbree. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin’s Press, 2014. Introduction by John Glenn. Illustrations. 517 pages. ISBN: 978-1250040718. $19.68 USD. Hardcover with dustjacket. Whatever else Jay Barbree’s Neil Armstrong: A Life of … Continue reading

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Redirect: “The Truth About Neil Armstrong”


My friend and colleague, James R. Hansen, professor of history at Auburn University, has written a beautiful remembrance of Neil Armstrong. The first person on the Moon passed a year ago, but his memory remains. Check out Jim’s comments on-line … Continue reading

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Andy Chaikin on the Recent Neil Armstrong Kurfuffle over his First Words when Walking on the Moon


Andy Chaikin relayed to me his distress in seeing the recent news stories claiming that Neil Armstrong lied to the world about when he made up his famous “One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” quote. As a … Continue reading

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Do You Know Me? The Legacy of Neil Armstrong


Do You Know Me? That was the unforgettable phrase that opened a series of classic American Express commercials from the 1970s. In them, people with well-known names but whose faces were not so memorable pitched how that charge card gave … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut’s Journeys”


Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut’s Journeys. By Michael Collins. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1974. (40th Anniversary Edition, June 23, 2009) There have been several excellent Apollo astronaut memoirs, especially Gene Cernan’s The Last Man on the Moon and … Continue reading

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Godspeed, Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)


Neil Armstrong was a powerful voice for pushing back the frontiers of flight. His death on Saturday, August 25, 2012, is a sad occasion for all of us. There have been many tributes to him over the course of the … Continue reading

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Whatever Happened to the Apollo/Saturn Launch Towers?


Because of the rare experience of Apollo, there was little value placed on maintaining in working order the infrastructure that made the Moon landings possible. NASA, therefore, sought either to dispose of these relics with all dispatch or to alter … Continue reading

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Can We Preserve the Apollo Landing Sites?


The six Apollo landing sites on Moon pose an interesting, and thus far academic, question for the preservation of the material culture of the Apollo program. It is a subject I have been ponder more as time passes and it … Continue reading

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