Technology: Profit in Make-Believe

Some time in 1964 three U.S. astronauts will wriggle into a bell-shaped Apollo capsule, strap themselves into contour couches and await the blast-off into a challenging two-week adventure. Through the capsule's windows, they will see the flash and smoke of blastoff, then the approaching clouds, the indigo sky, and finally the star-speckled blackness of outer space. Later, as they view the looming surface of the moon, they will begin another countdown to launch a smaller detachable capsule for a lunar landing. Before the astronauts see earth again, their skill and nerves will...

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