Why Did the United States Send Men to the Moon in the 1960s?

  • Pat Norris
Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)


The May 1961 decision to send men to the Moon was made at least in part for short-term political reasons. President John F. Kennedy wanted to restore his ratings following several weeks of relentlessly bad press, and the promise of a Moon landing seemed the best way to get the media and the public back on his side.


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  • Pat Norris
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  1. 1.ByfleetUK

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