Space: To Moon or Not to Moon

In its excited reaction to Major Gordon Cooper's orbital achievement, the U S public left little doubt that it is completely sold on NASA's race to get a U.S citizen onto the moon. But in political and scientific circles, an acrid debate about the value of the man-in-space program continues. The men who make up NASA's budget fear that many a Congressman agrees with the dictum of ex-President Eisenhower: "I have never believed that a spectacular dash to the moon is worth the added tax burden that it will eventually impose on...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!