The Lunar Landing: A 50th Anniversary Celebration

The Lunar Landing: “Rocketing Ahead”

Jul 12, 2019
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In 1969, humans landed on the Moon. But why? Why did we go? The answer has a little bit to do with science and a lot to do with politics. In this episode, we learn about how the Democrats rode Sputnik to the White House in a campaign that forever changed science, technology, and academia in America.


In this two-part episode of The Lunar Landing: A 50th Anniversary Celebration, producer Richard Paul examines the behind-the-scenes, public policy stories leading up to Apollo 11's flight to the moon. 


Part 1: “Washington, We Have A Problem"



artwork by Lindsey Grojean

Next month, KRCU Public Radio will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing with special programming.

Each year on the anniversary of the Moon landing, or on the anniversary of President Kennedy’s call to send a man to the Moon, the media is filled with nostalgic sounds from the 1960’s and images of dark lunar footprints and fiery rocket pads. But, in the glory of those remembered moments, it’s easy to forget the political climate that shaped the race to the Moon.