The buildup was long. The pressure was intense. The risk was extreme. The accomplishment was breathtaking. Yet the public enthusiasm that followed humanity’s highest achievement—landing on the Moon—was almost as remarkable for how rapidly it faded away as it was for how it inspired a generation of future innovators and explorers.  Just four months after U.S. astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the Moon, The New York Times reported that Apollo 12 ...

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