STUDY UP FOR THE 1969 MOON LANDING MEDIA BLITZ COMING A MONTH FROM NOW
Jill Lepore, writing in the New York Times last month began an article on the plethora of non-fiction works about America’s triumphant journey to the moon and back, a series of space adventures hailed as one of the 20th centuries most remarkable achievements.
Every American should read Ms. Lepore as it is a wellspring for more binging about our post-July 19, 1969 world.
Yes, it remains a stunning accomplishment for the United States. And, in typical Yankee bravado, our words not Jill’s, we own the moon. Read it, find a book she mentions and read those. We still have a month before the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s first footprints on the moon.
|Writer, Historian Jill Lepore|
Not escaping the New York Times coverage of worthy Moon books is the Smithsonian’s “Apollo’s Legacy: Perspectives by the retired NASA historian Roger Launius.” From his book, we learned the rush to the moon cost the country $25.4 billion or $180 billion in 21st-century dollars. The expense then and now is explained by NASA: “No bucks, no Buck Rogers.”
For the entire text of Jill Lepore’s article: click here.
*For you insufferable post-millennials we spoon feed a historical note on Buck Rogers. Buck was big after his first appearance in the comic book “Amazing Stories” by Philip Nowlan. It morphed into a popular newspaper cartoon series and radio, film and TV incarnations. Click here.