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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser

Return to the Moon

A Man on the Moon

Andrew Chaikin

1988

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2018-07-16

Finished a book on the Apollo program. Said the 1960's were as though ripped from the next century (and perhaps even the later part of it).

But I think this is how it goes. In the early 1900's there was a push for the South Pole, nations funded teams to push south with dog sleds, pony teams, and plain-old walking. Sure, they did science, but that wasn't really the point. And once someone flagged the pole, nothing more until the age of air travel.

Going back to the moon means we must wait for X, where what airplanes are to sleds, X is to Saturn V rockets. (Or it has to be the waypoint in the next conquest of national ego.)

For the South Pole, it took about 4 decades; obviously that period has expired for the Moon.