The 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing is still one of humanity’s greatest accomplishments as it was the first time humans ever stood on the moon, but newly discovered files shed light on the true intentions of former US President John F. Kennedy.
The three astronauts, Commander Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin, launched from the Kennedy Space Center on the Apollo 11 mission to the moon 52 years ago in July, according to the British newspaper, “Daily Express”.
Their success fulfilled President John F. Kennedy’s goal of landing humans on the moon by the end of the 1960s and ending the bitter space race with the Soviet Union. Undisclosed recordings from a meeting in his office in 1963 previously showed that Kennedy had doubts about the Apollo project. After investing more than $25 billion in “the most ambitious space program in national history.”
But Tessell Muir Harmony, author and coordinator of the Smithsonian’s Apollo Group, has revealed documents from the US Information Agency claiming that Kennedy did not propose it for the sake of science.
Dr. Muir Harmony dug up a set of government documents to produce her book Operation Moonglow: A Political History of the Apollo Project in an effort to shed light on the little-known role played by propaganda and foreign relations.
Donald Wilson, acting director of the US Information Agency, told Dr. Muir Harmony that Kennedy was a man who was perhaps better than any other president in our history. He understood how foreign opinion worked, what shaped it, what shaped it and how it shapes it.
This seemed to mean doing things differently from the Soviet Union.”
“The Soviet Union was relatively closed off about what they were launching and their technology, while the United States took a different path, inviting the press to cover launches and dispatch spacecraft around the world,” Muir Harmony explained.