Generation Apollo: Space Race generation

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Generation Apollo: Space Race generation

Post by koimaster » July 16th 2021, 11:41am

CNN)They are the names written in history books: Armstrong, Aldrin, Lovell, Chaffee, Bean, Cernan, Anders, Griffin, Carr. Their stories of NASA's Apollo program in the 1960s and '70s are the stuff of legend and lore.

The telling has mostly come from the astronauts themselves, or members of Mission Control, and occasionally from the astronauts' spouses.
But there was another group who had a front-row seat to history. This is the story of Apollo from some of its most wide-eyed observers: the children of those brave Americans who first went into space and those who helped get them there.
This is the first of a two-part story on the history of the space race as seen by 11 children of Apollo astronauts and flight directors. The second part includes their accounts of the first men on the moon, the near disaster of Apollo 13 and the lasting impact of their witnessing history so personally.
Business trips ... to space
Barbara Lovell looked out over the empty field, sweltering in the Texas heat. History would be made here eventually. But on that spring day in 1963, all she could see were cows.
Then 9 years old, she'd just left behind a best friend -- again -- as her family made move number three, this time from Virginia Beach to the middle of nowhere near Houston. The main road wasn't even paved; it was made of oyster shells.
Her father, Jim, pointed at the field and told her that's where his new office was going to be.
The barren landscape in the Clear Lake area roughly 25 miles outside Houston was the new home of America's space program. ... index.html ... index.html


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