"Before this Decade is Out--": Personal Reflections on the Apollo Program

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Glen E. Swanson
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA History Office, Office of Policy and Plans, 1999 - Aerospace engineers - 408 pages
 

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Page xiii - To see the earth as it truly is, small and blue and beautiful in that eternal silence where it floats, is to see ourselves as riders on the earth together, brothers on that bright loveliness in the eternal cold — brothers who know now they are truly brothers.
Page 2 - The Bureau of the Budget in the Executive Office of the President is hereby designated as the Office of Management and Budget.
Page 37 - HERE MEN FROM THE PLANET EARTH FIRST SET FOOT UPON THE MOON JULY 1969, AD WE CAME IN PEACE FOR ALL MANKIND.
Page xi - After checkout, Armstrong set foot on the surface, telling millions who saw and heard him on Earth that it was "one small step for [a] man — one giant leap for mankind.
Page 17 - America: To lead the exploration and development of the space frontier, advancing science, technology, and enterprise, and building institutions and systems that make accessible vast new resources and support human settlements beyond Earth orbit, from the highlands of the Moon to the plains of Mars.
Page xiii - Apollo's success in November 1968, when Science magazine, the publication of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, observed: In terms of numbers of dollars or of men, NASA has not been our largest national undertaking, but in terms of complexity, rate of growth, and technological sophistication it has been unique.... It may turn out that [the space program's] most valuable spin-off of all will be human rather than technological: better knowledge of how to plan, coordinate, and...
Page 316 - It has become increasingly apparent that a preliminary program for manned lunar landings should be formulated. This is necessary in order to provide a proper justification for Apollo, and to place Apollo schedules and technical plans on a firmer foundation. "In order to prepare such a program, I have formed a small working group, consisting of Eldon Hall, Oran Nicks, John Disher, and myself. This group will endeavor to establish ground rules for manned lunar landing missions; to determine reasonable...
Page 168 - We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others too.
Page 316 - ... Space Flight, chaired by Harry Goett, he pressed the committee to consider the Moon as a goal to follow after the Mercury program. By October 1960, Low had the green light from Silverstein to set in motion the first formal planning for a manned lunar program. Low's memo to Silverstein tersely stated, "It has become increasingly apparent that a preliminary program for manned lunar landings should be formulated. This is necessary in order to provide a proper justification for Apollo, and to place...

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