Fifty years ago, Neil Armstrong became the first person to set foot on the Moon. That night—July 20, 1969—Walter Cronkite came on air to deliver breaking news that would leave generations of Americans awestruck and inspired. Looking back, it is astounding to consider that then-President John F. Kennedy spoke in 1962 about a plan to put an American on the Moon, less than a generation from the Wright brothers’ first tentative and brief venture into flight. It was a bold ...

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