Fly me to the Moon


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History Today
Vol. 63, no. 12 (December 2013), p. 50-56


In 1961, rattled by Soviet advances in space, President John F. Kennedy declared that, within a decade, the United States would land a man on the moon. Ahead of schedule, it did just that. David baker tells the story of how it took the US Air Force to change NASA and make the dream a reality