Bookmarks: Foul harassers, molesters and moonwalkers

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Bookmarks: Foul harassers, molesters and moonwalkers

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Andrew Donaldson

Fifty years ago, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin left their footprints on the moon. They’re there today, and will be there, in the stillness and dust, for tens of millions of years. But what of it? 

A heap of new books commemorate that historic achievement on July 20 1969, when the US space programme fulfilled President John F Kennedy’s pledge to put a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s. Some of them, according to the New York Times, appear to have forgotten that, prior to the Apollo 11 launch, many critics considered the project a waste of time and money.

In Chasing the Moon: The People, the Politics, and the Promise that Launched America into the Space Age (William Collins), Robert Stone and Alan Andres point to a demonstration outside the Kennedy Space Centre just days before the launch led by the Reverend Ralph Abernathy, who succeeded the slain Martin Luther King as leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. (Stone and Andres are filmmakers, and their book is a companion to their forthcoming three-part documentary series, Chasing the Moon.)..

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