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Planetary RadioJuly 5, 2019

Space Policy Edition: Why Apollo Happened (with Roger Launius)

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Roger Launius
Roger Launius

Principal, Launius Historical Services, former NASA Chief Historian

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Casey Dreier

Chief Advocate & Senior Space Policy Adviser, The Planetary Society

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Mat Kaplan

Planetary Radio Host and Producer

Half a century has passed since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin imprinted humanity's first footsteps upon another world. Apollo 11 was the culmination of a decade's worth of fervent activity in which the United States marshaled resources and manpower at a pace not seen outside of warfare. Space historian Dr. Roger Launius joins the show to explain why Apollo happened the way it did, how a moonshot briefly became a solution to a national security problem, and why it is unlikely to happen again. Casey Dreier also provides a space policy update.

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Astronaut Buzz Aldrin walks on the surface of the moon near the leg of the lunar module Eagle during the Apollo 11 mission.

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