APOLLO 11: Preparing for the Unthinkable

Today’s post is written by David Langbart, an Archivist in the Textual Records Division at the National Archives at College Park.  An earlier post described the involvement of the Department of State with manned spacecraft launches.  Among other things, it discussed the possibility of a mission-related disaster that forced an aborted landing on the land … Continue reading APOLLO 11: Preparing for the Unthinkable

Apollo 11: The Department of State Prepares for Launch

Today’s post is written by David Langbart, an Archivist in the Textual Records Division at the National Archives at College Park. Department of State involvement with the U.S. manned space program is little known and little appreciated.  Much of that involvement dealt with mundane matters such as coordinating international visitors to various launches and the … Continue reading Apollo 11: The Department of State Prepares for Launch

Apollo 11: Telling the Story Around the World

Today’s post is written by David Langbart, an Archivist in the Textual Records Division at the National Archives at College Park. The United States Information Agency (USIA) was responsible for telling the U.S. story abroad.  In early 1969, the upcoming flight of Apollo 11 looked to be the culmination of President John F. Kennedy's May … Continue reading Apollo 11: Telling the Story Around the World