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WWL: To the Moon!
Where We Live - with John Dankosky
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Forty years ago today, human beings stepped on the lunar surface


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Forty years ago today, human beings stepped on the lunar surface – it was the culmination of a “space race” – that’s never recovered it’s urgency.

As we celebrate the success of Apollo 11 – many wonder if we’ve forgotten about the frontier of space. The Obama administration is looking closely at the NASA plan to return to the moon by 2020, and wondering if it can sell the cost to the American people.

Meanwhile, the three-man crew of the original moon mission plan to lobby the President to get the space program in gear – and start planning for Mars.

Today, where we live – we’ll look back at what the lunar landing meant to you. And, we’ll look ahead at what should be the next voyage into space.

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Listener Email from Chris

I am a 23 year old history student / soldier in the US Army. After hearing the memories of those who witnessed the moon landing I am jealous and saddened that I may not be granted such a great memory. It's a great way to motivate the people of the US and all around the world when we aim to and achieve such tremendous feats. I would love to see man kind make it to Mars, lets go!

Listener Email from Peter

As the LEM was decending slowly to the Moon's surface, I was speeding back from Harrisburg to my high school girlfriend's (who is still my wife) house in Meriden. Just as the LEM settled on the surface, I arrived in her driveway. We watched the "first step" under her Father's watchful eye. On that day our role models were scientists, explorers and intellectuals. The Space Program led to computers, calculators, super glue, thousands of jobs and countless inspirations. Earth Day and the environmental movement started with that picture of the Earth as a blue marble in a sea of space. Now, THAT'S stimulating!

Listener Email from Jessica

Unfortunately, the most memorable part of the space program for people my age (28), is the Challenger Explosion. The moon landing is just a grainy image on tv to us. As the population ages and my generation is the one making the decisions, the space program will become a tougher sell to the public.


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