[FPSPACE] 'Guardian' Essay on Apollo-8 (excellent piece) has one 'moon race' flaw

James Oberg jameseoberg at comcast.net
Sun Nov 30 09:23:45 EST 2008


This is a very good perspective essay. Too bad it still clings to the myth
that the Soviets were never trying to send men to the moon too....


http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2008/nov/30/apollo-8-mission

In fact, Nasa [the National Aeronautics and Space Administration] had not intended to fly to the Moon in 1968. Its lunar hardware was still unproven and Apollo 8 was slated merely to test equipment in low Earth orbit. However, that autumn, the agency was told, incorrectly, by the CIA that the Soviet Union was preparing its own manned lunar mission. So the Apollo programme - established to fulfil President John Kennedy's call for a US manned lunar landing by the end of the decade - was accelerated and Apollo 8 designated for a journey to the Moon....

JimO has this list of 'moon-race-a-fake' on his home page:  http://www.jamesoberg.com/moon_race_quotes_not.pdf
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