Essay: ON COURAGE IN THE LUNAR AGE

COURAGE leads starward, fear toward death," wrote Seneca. Man needs courage simply to live in spite of knowing that he must die. He needs it to live richly—to take risks and thereby define himself. There are many kinds of courage, moral and physical, but all involve a struggle against heavy odds. In that sense, the astronauts' courage is new and not easily, classified.

Obviously it takes brave men to climb into that capsule and undergo the immense risks that lie between the earth and the moon and the earth again. Yet, to thoughtful skeptics,...

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