Practical rather than idealistic reasons pushed President Kennedy to challenge America to land a man on the moon within the decade
Three days into their mission, two vital oxygen tanks exploded, seriously damaging Apollo 13's service module and forcing pilot Fred Haise, Jr. and his two fellow astronauts to scramble into the attached lunar module where they plotted their course home, shivering in the cold on imited oxygen
SIXTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH the Soviet Union orbited a “man-made moon” whose derisive chirp persuaded Americans they’d already lost a race that had barely begun
The first American to leave the Earth's atmosphere recalls the momentous flight that put us on a course for the moon.
As I watched the lunar landing on television, my part in the whole scenario took on a new meaning.