Writing The History Of Spaceport Kennedy

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Writing the history of Apollo so close to the conclusion of the program has advantages and disadvantages. The advantages lie in the opportunities for interviews with the participants in this tremendous enterprise, the availability of multitudinous documentation, and the opportunity of weighing interview with documentation. The disadvantages are those of all contemporary history: the lack of perspective that only time can give; the inability to see ultimate results; and the necessity of causing hurt to some individuals. Even if the passage of time will force a change of some analysis, still the assembling of the story at this time will preserve factual materials for historians of future generations. But some aspects of the program will never undergo reevaluation--especially the tremendous cooperative effort of government, industry, military and university in sending men to the moon and bringing them back safely.