The paper, by Professor
The first moon landing is overwhelmingly remembered as an exciting and important turning point in world history, which continues to inspire space exploration projects to Mars and beyond today.
However, the new study shows how
The academics claim
The academics compare
They also note how often the images were repeated in media - which "premeditated" the idea that the moon landing represented the future.
They contrast this with people's ideas today about how space travel actually progressed in the latter half of the 20th century - which saw only five further manned moon landings, ending in 1972.
The academics analysed more than 400 "memory cards" left by visitors to the
They found around half of the visitors' accounts contained included a reference to the moon landing as a glimpse into a future which never came true.
Professor Parker said that in order to guarantee that it kept getting money from
"The cards at the
"But the notions of progress which were common in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s are now no longer as universally accepted. I don't think anyone believes that things only move forward for the better anymore."
"I recall that one memory card recalled the moon landing as 'a really exciting event that seemed to open an exciting and modern era' and then added that this era was 'so quickly lost'.
"I feel that is a good example of the coming together of the
"To understand that moment when children were excited to be woken from their sleep and sit in front of a grainy image to see something they would never forget. The Apollo astronauts were pioneers and to this day we strive as a people to achieve bigger and better things.
"Nowhere could this be more so than in space exploration. Today we look to Mars and beyond, new nations enter the race for the next goals in space and we see a collaboration of countries that once competed, all for the betterment of our tiny planet."
RESPONSE FROM PROFESSOR
I was one of the generation inspired by Apollo (the Apollo 11 landing was two days before my 13th birthday) and now I am privileged to be one of 11 principal investigators (experiment leaders) for a spacecraft going to Mercury.
So for me, the hopes of that time did come true.
It is abundantly plain that Apollo was a historic anomaly, which could not be sustained economically then and could hardly be repeated now. But
As for the gunfighter walk down the gantry...
These were mostly test pilots
They knew the odds
Two years before Apollo 11, the crew of Apollo 1 had made the same walk, and had burned to death.
Yet still these men took those steps.
And that was not image, but courage.
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