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No Requiem for the Space AgeThe Apollo Moon Landings and American Culture$
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Matthew D. Tribbe

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199313525

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199313525.001.0001

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“The Message of the Spirit of Apollo”

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No Requiem for the Space Age

Matthew D. Tribbe

Oxford University Press

The Apollo moon landing, an unprecedented historical event, was difficult to even talk about in meaningful terms. Hence, the immediate conversation about Apollo, from proponents and opponents alike, rarely transcended platitudes that did little to capture the true importance of the event. This chapter examines the common platitudes that shaped much of the debate about Apollo in the 1960s and 1970s, and which have formed the basis of the conventional narrative of Apollo ever since. Included are analyses of commentators' attempts to link Apollo to social issues, liberal and conservative takes on the event, and the inability of the astronauts to adequately convey their experiences.

Keywords:   Apollo, media, social issues, African Americans, platitudes, astronauts, liberalism, conservatism

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