Thursday, December 20, 2012

Ending Apollo

Forty years ago this week, Apollo 17, the last Apollo lunar mission, came home.  Congress and President Nixon, in their wisfom, had cancelled three more Apollo missions, and plans for a lunar base and manned missions to Mars were shelved.  Instead, the nation got the space shuttle--  a magnificent vehicle, but one that never had a chance to match its hype.

Soon after Apollo 17 came home, the nation was engulfed in the Watergate scandals, and it could be argued the American manned space program has lacked a firm goal since.

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