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NASA’s Overestimates of Soviet Lunar Capabilities During the Moon Race
Many times NASA officials used the national security intelligence on the Soviet Union to sustain their case for an aggressive effort to complete Apollo by the end of the 1960s. In a few instances these public statements aroused within the … Continue reading
Posted in Apollo, Cold War Competition, History, Politics, Space Tagged Apollo, Donald Hornig, History, James E. Webb, Lyndon B. Johnson, Moon race, NASA, public perceptions, space race, U.S. Civil Space, Zond, Zond 5 Leave a comment
What Do You Do for an Encore after You’ve Been to the Moon?
As early as January 1964 NASA administrator, James E. Webb, had been asked by President Lyndon B. Johnson for a well-developed proposal of future space objectives after the Apollo Moon landings. Webb did not want to respond; instead he tried … Continue reading
Posted in Apollo, History, Politics, Space Tagged 1960s, Apollo, cold war, History, James C. Fletcher, James E. Webb, Lyndon B. Johnson, Moon, Moon race, NASA, politics, President’s Science Advisory Committee (PSAC), presidential power, public perceptions, public policy, Richard Nixon, Soviet Union, space shuttle, Space Task Group, Spiro T. Agnew, The Space Program in the Post-Apollo Period, U.S. Civil Space, Vietnam War 1 Comment
Timing of the Apollo Landing in Relation to the Soviet Lunar Program
Americans have long known that the American effort to land on the Moon served as an enormously effective response to a Cold War crisis with the Soviet Union. When Apollo 11 landed on the Moon in July 1969 few recalled … Continue reading
Posted in Apollo, Cold War Competition, History, Lunar Exploration, Politics, Space Tagged Apollo, CIA, cold war, intelligence estimates, international relations, James E. Webb, JFK, Moon, Moon race, NASA, National Security Action Memorandum 144, politics, public perceptions, public policy, U.S. Civil Space, Wernher von Braun, Yuri Gagarin 2 Comments
The Apollo 11 Mission and the Challenge of Solving the Plight of the Poor
One of the most interesting stories of the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969 is the protest led by the Rev. Ralph Abernathy, successor to Martin Luther King as head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He and some 500 … Continue reading
Whatever Became of the Apollo 1 Spacecraft?
On January 27, 1967, Apollo-Saturn (AS) 204, later named Apollo 1, was on the launch pad with the astronauts moving through ground simulations in what was called a “plugs out” test. The three astronauts to fly on this mission—Gus Grissom, … Continue reading
Posted in Apollo, Space Tagged Apollo 13, Apollo-Saturn (AS) 204, Betty Grissom, Cape Canaveral Air Force Base, Challenger, Daniel S. Goldin, David Alberg, Ed White, Florida, Floyd L. Thompson, Gus Grissom, History, James E. Webb, Kansas Cosmosphere, Langley Research Center, NASA, Roger Chaffee, Titusville, U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, U.S. Civil Space 10 Comments