The death of Astronaut Neil Armstrong on Saturday should cause all of us to reflect on the Apollo moon landing and what it said about the American people at the middle of the 20th century.
In 1961, President John Kennedy issued a daunting challenge to the country to “Land a man on the moon and return him safely to the Earth before the end of the decade.” It was a bold challenge, full of optimism and faith.
And Americans responded. The best and brightest of us set about to bring to reality a dream of mankind for thousands of years. And the rest of us enthusiastically cheered them on.
Eight short years later, ... continue reading »