Space ... Not Science Fiction Anymore

Please visit my special tribute page honoring the first men to walk on the surface at the moon, 40 years ago this July 20, 2009:

Apollo 11's 40th Anniversary

On May 25, 1961, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy delivered a message to Congress that included the following statement:

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

"I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before the decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth."

I dedicate this page to those who achieved the goal set forth by President Kennedy to reach the Moon.

If you don't know where you've been, how will you know where to go?

I began writing articles about NASA and the American Space Program after finding out that my daughter, then in the 8th grade, did not know who Neil Armstrong was. I did not realize until then that her Social Studies curriculum did not include the history of space flight in this country. Neither did the Science curriculum.

The teachers did not mention the US astronauts when talking about the men and women responsible for shaping our country's scientific and technological advances in space. I have had a few articles published in local newspapers and magazines. I wrote them as tributes to NASA and the US astronauts in the hope of educating people about the true American heroes who ventured into space. They paved the way for others to explore the unknown and to discover what's 'out there'.

Many people complain about the money spent on space travel. They say that the money could be used to feed undernourished and underprivleged children. However, since the days of lunar exploration, there has been money spent on things other than space travel, and still the kids go hungry. So, what is the money being spent on now that we don't want to spend it on space travel? Your guess is as good as mine!

Navigate Through The Following Pages To Read About True American Heroes

The Original Seven
Honoring America's First Astronauts

NASA's 2nd Group of Astronauts
A Second Group is Chosen

NASA's 3rd Group of Astronauts
Another Group Is Needed

NASA's 4th Group of Astronauts
Eureka! NASA finds its 4th group!

NASA's 5th Group of Astronauts
Pilot Astronauts

NASA's 6th Group of Astronauts
Scientist Astronauts

NASA's 7th Group of Astronauts
Last Group Chosen During the Apollo Era

NASA's 8th Group of Astronauts
Pilot Astronauts and Mission Specialists

All Graphics and Info Courtesy of NASA and the Kennedy Space Center

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