In the summer of 1969, the United States landed two men on the moon and returned them safely home. The Apollo 11 flight was the culmination of the efforts of over 400,000 workers and the manifestation of an investment that reached a peak of over 50 cents per week for every man, woman and child in the country.

NASA had a long series of Apollo flights laid out, 18 in all. These were to be quickly followed by the space station and then a manned flight to Mars. The future seemed endlessly bright and infinitely promising for NASA and for every boy who dreamed of growing up to be an astronaut.

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