Ayers, B. Drummond Jr. "Wistful Pride and Cynicism Color Americans' Memories of Apollo

 

Ayers, B. Drummond Jr. "Wistful Pride and Cynicism Color Americans' Memories of Apollo
11," New York Times, 18 July 1994, p. A11.

It has been 25 years since the moon-flight by Armstrong. There's been some effort as nostalgia.
And what seems to be remembered is that in spite of great division within the country in 1969
(race, Viet Nam, politics), the differences could be overcome by the sheer size of the Apollo
effort. "Today, many Americans say, that special measure of togetherness has been lost while the
divisions remain."

There was literally no carry through on the success of Apollo. It may have been a great unifying
moment, but that's all it was, a moment. It is reported here that there is no great national feeling
that we should engage in another massive space program. Those favoring manned space missions
now seem to be a minority.

It is somewhat surprising that the public has caught on the moondoggle in this way.