Apollo 11 Forty Years Later: Thank You


The history continues to be written, the stories continue to inspire us, and the yearning to take flight to the stars never dies.  For all those involved in the Apollo program and our space program generally, we Hooligans thank you.apollo_image

Categories : Loveletter, News, Science


  1. It was a glorious time. I had the honor of working for NASA during the Apollo program. As a science fiction fan and an electrical engineer, it was my dream job.

    Alas, the government dramatically cut back on the space program during the seventies and I was forced to go on to other things. It’s time we went back to the moon and, THIS TIME, beyond.

  2. shadmarsh says:

    NASA is socialist program Ralph.

  3. Tim Peck says:

    In March 1966, NASA told Congress the “run-out cost” of the Apollo program to put men on the moon would be an estimated $22.718 Billion for the 13-year program which eventually accomplished six successful missions between July 1969 and December 1972.

    According to Steve Garber, the NASA History website curator, the final cost of project Apollo was between $20 and $25.4 billion in 1969 dollars (or approximately $135 billion in 2005 dollars).

    The costs associated with the Apollo spacecraft and Saturn rockets amounted to about $83 billion [Apollo spacecraft: $28 billion (Command/Service Module: $17 billion; Lunar Module: $11-billion), Saturn I, Saturn IB, Saturn V launch vehicles: about $46 billion] in 2005 dollars.


  4. “NASA is socialist program Ralph.”

    No Shadmarsh, NASA is a space program run by a socialist government.

    Say, now that you’re a candidate for mayor, please elucidate Asheville’s space program under your administration.

  5. shadmarsh says:

    I consists of launching that godawful cell/radio tower that sits downtown into space.

  6. Tim Peck says:

    Apollo and Dionysus [audio]
    by Ayn Rand | Ford Hall Forum | 1969

    This lecture, delivered by Ayn Rand at the Ford Hall Forum in 1969, concretizes the issue of reason vs. emotion via an analysis of two contrasting events of that year: the glorious achievement of the Apollo 11 moon flight and the mindless mud-wallowing of the Woodstock rock festival.

  7. randallt says:

    Well of course Ayn Rand would deliver such hogwash. She had rear view vision. Nothing more.

  8. randallt says:

    Ralph, what a wonderful time in your life! Congratulations, and thank you for being part of that endeavor.