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Apollo's legacy : perspectives on the moon landings

by Launius, Roger D.,

Format: Print Book 2019
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Summary
In Apollo's Legacy, space historian Roger D. Launius explores the many-faceted stories told about the meaning of the Apollo program and how it forever altered American society. The Apollo missions marked the first time human beings left Earth's orbit and visited another world, and thus they loom large in our collective memory. Many have detailed the exciting events of the Apollo program, but Launius offers unique insight into its legacy as seen through multiple perspectives. He surveys a wide range of viewpoints and narratives, both positive and negative, surrounding the program. These include the argument that Apollo epitomizes American technological--and political--progress; technological and scientific advances garnered from the program; critiques from both sides of the political spectrum about the program's expenses; and even conspiracy theories and denials of the program's very existence. Throughout the book, Launius weaves in stories from important moments in Apollo's history to draw readers into his analysis. Apollo's Legacy is a must-read for space buffs interested in new angles on a beloved cultural moment and those seeking a historic perspective on the Apollo program.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Five decades after the Apollo 11 mission, space-flight historian Launius surveys various legacies of the Saturn V-Apollo program. An expensive, complex technological project, its success has inspired advocates for government programs to alleviate one public problem or another, saying, If we can land a man on the moon, we can solve X. But few social or environmental situations are suitable for Apollo-like solutions. Furthermore, only unique Cold War political conditions provided President Kennedy with a rationale for such an endeavor, which, as the 1960s unfolded, attracted criticism from the left (as a diversion of money from social programs) and the right (as a wasteful expansion of government). That Apollo ended underscores its deficiency as an exemplar. Nevertheless, Launius lauds Apollo for achieving JFK's goal of an internationally impressive display of American engineering prowess, generating feelings of patriotic triumph, and satisfying the yearning for heroes. Apollo's images became icons, and it revolutionized scientific understanding of the moon's origin and evolution. Launius' insightful cultural analysis of all that Apollo has signified helps celebrate the first lunar landing's fiftieth anniversary.--Gilbert Taylor Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this page-turning history, Launius (The Smithsonian History of Space Exploration), former chief historian for NASA, investigates how "belief, knowledge, rational thought, and myth" have all shaped the legacy of NASA's Apollo program in popular memory. Throughout, Launius is careful to relate conflicting perspectives. The program, he reminds readers, was initially attacked from both sides of the political aisle for costs "greater than their worth," but the successful missions to the moon between 1969 and 1972 established Apollo as an exemplar of American scientific accomplishment. From the "sophisticated technical competence" that brought it to life, to the careful presentation of the astronauts as ideal American heroes ("one of the truly great examples of mythmaking in modern American history"), Apollo expanded Americans' conception of the possible-for "if we can put a man on the moon, why can't we do X?" Whether covering hard-to-explain scientific concepts or the puzzling persistence of moon-landing deniers, Launius's erudite, approachable storytelling is superlative. Despite his past connection to NASA, he evenhandedly unpacks agency triumphs and failures alike. Space Age aficionados, political junkies, and general readers will find both the unexpected and the fascinating in Launius's scrupulously researched account. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Project Apollo (U.S.) -- History.
Space flight to the moon -- History.
Space race -- United States -- History.
Outer space -- Exploration -- United States -- History.
Publisher Washington, DC :2019
Language English
Description xxiii, 239 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-230) and index.
ISBN 9781588346490
1588346498
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