Essay: WHY SHOULD MAN GO TO THE MOON?

FOR President John F. Kennedy, the U.S. reach for the moon was nothing less than "the most hazardous and dangerous and greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked." Last week, with the tragedy at Cape Kennedy's Pad 34, the nation realized for the first time, in astronautic and human terms, just how hazardous the lunar adventure can be. Old arguments that questioned the whole concept of the Apollo mission seemed to take on new pertinence. Critics were once again asking: Is it worth the cost—in lives, in resources, in money?

By any reckoning,...

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