December 1968 will mark the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first journey away from its home planet, the Apollo 8 mission to orbit the Earth’s Moon. July 2019 will mark a half-century since Apollo 11, when two men first set foot on another celestial body. Project Apollo was the result of a May 1961 decision by U.S. President John F. Kennedy to send Americans to the Moon “before this decade is out.”
This talk will first of all discuss the reasons why President Kennedy decided “we should go to the Moon,” and the steps he took in his too-brief time in the White House to turn that declaration into reality. The talk will trace the reasons why President Richard Nixon in 1970 decided to end exploration beyond Earth orbit, and why the 1989 and 2004 attempts to reverse that decision failed. It will assess the likelihood of success of current plans to resume deep-space exploration. The talk by Dr. John Logsdon, founder and former director of the acclaimed Space Policy Institute of the George Washington University, will draw upon his award-winning book “John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon” (2010) and his subsequent book “After Apollo? Richard Nixon and the American Space Program After Apollo? Richard Nixon and the American Space Program” (2015).
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