A Political History of Apollo

A Political History of Apollo Episode 3 - The Home Front

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Casey Dreier

Chief Advocate & Senior Space Policy Adviser for The Planetary Society

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Emily Margolis

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow for American Philosophical Society

In 1964, 40% of the public did not approve of Project Apollo, and more than 50% did not think the moon shot was "worth the cost" throughout the 1960s. Kennedy himself questioned the commitment and considered cooperating—instead of competing—with the Soviet Union in space. At the same time, there was an explosion of space-related pop culture and citizen engagement with the space race. Dr. Emily Margolis, whose dissertation was titled Space Travel at 1G: Space Tourism in Cold War America, joins the show to explore the complicated politics of the home front during Project Apollo.