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Apollo at 45

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Its been 45 years since the first moon landing—the same gap separating the end of the Apollo program from Lindbergh’s 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic.

About Lindbergh’s feat, F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote: “For a moment people set down their glasses in country clubs and speakeasies and thought of their old best dreams.” That was pretty much the same effect Apollo had on the post-World War 2 generation. And for people born after 1969, the fascination continues undiminished, as evidenced by the steady stream of Apollo books and movies still coming out at regular five-year intervals.

Fitzgerald also wrote, “There are no second acts in American lives.” Hard to imagine that’s true—not with something as open-ended as space exploration. But Apollo was a tough act to follow, and still is a generation later.

To mark this anniversary of the first moon landing, we went to the archive and picked some of our favorite articles examining Apollo from a variety of perspectives. Here’s a sampler.


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