A Political History of Project Apollo
Constant Wonder - Radio Archive, Episode 777 , Segment 1
Episode: Politics of the Moon Race
- Dec 8, 2020 8:00 pm
- 36:31 mins
The Space Race involved American scientists in massive PR campaigns throughout the United States. Astronauts went on world tours, exhibits attracted millions, and billions of people listened to broadcasts of missions to space. President John Kennedy looked to the space program to provide him a win when political events like the Bay of Pigs fiasco threw a long shadow on his administration. Guest: Teasel Muir-Harmony, curator of the Project Apollo collection at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Instructor at Georgetown University, and author of "Operation Moonglow: A Political History of Project Apollo"