Chasing the Moon, Part 1
How NASA Sold Us a Trip to the Moon: Chasing the Moon
Most remember the space race of the 1960s as a moment of rare national unity around the cause of scientific exploration. Public opinion polls from the 1960s show that the majority of Americans approved of Project Apollo, but the nation was deeply divided over the cost of the program. To win the space race, NASA would have to market the moon to the American public.
Ed Dwight Jr. was the first African American to be trained as an astronaut.
Private companies planning lunar missions. Who’s in charge in outer space?
Civil rights activists in Huntsville, Alabama formed a “psychological warfare committee”.
Long before we reached the moon’s surface, the moon has held special meaning for humanity.
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Frances “Poppy” Northcutt was the first female engineer to work in NASA’s Mission Control.
Wernher Von Braun was a German-born, American rocket engineer.
Valerie Hoard married William Anders in 1955.
Michael Collins was an astronaut from the third group named by NASA in October 1963.
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