It's been 40 years since the first moon landing—the same gap separating Apollo 1 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 that 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, 40 years later.
To mark this anniversary of the first moon landing, we'll be offering photo essays, interviews, and articles examining Apollo from a variety of perspectives, along with a selection of readings from previous coverage in Air & Space. We'll keep adding to the section as we near the July 20 anniversary, so check back.