America in the Space Age
NASA Ames Research Center

For more than a decade, millions of people followed the twists and turns of the space race, as updates beamed onto the front pages of newspapers and magazines and flashed across their television sets. As a result, the Apollo missions’ success helped shape countless aspects of modern American society, from science fiction to architecture and even our economy.

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Marketing the Moon: How PR made the lunar landing a cultural moment

NASA’s bold choices to open the Apollo Program for the world to see made the Moon landing humanity’s first truly viral moment. But it could have instead ended in humiliation.  

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Astronomy: William Zuback

When the world celebrated America's Moon mission

After they landed, Neil, Buzz, and Michael Collins were paraded before millions around the world, giving humanity a share in the mission. As a result, these countries honored Apollo’s accomplishment with some seriously awesome art.

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Googie architecture: Space age themes shaped ‘modern’ style

The space age changed the way designers looked at the world and left a lasting influence on the shape of everything from cars to appliances and even buildings.

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Apollo's influence on science fiction

NASA’s Apollo missions helped drive the stories told by science fiction writers. But once wed seen the Moon, science fiction started turning its gaze to the far distant future.

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Apollo boosted the economy, just not the way you think

Half a century later, economists and historians are still arguing about Apollo's impact on the economy and society.  

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Reaching For The Stars, Grounded In Tradition

As a space-grant institution, Texas A&M University is contributing research and talent to support NASA's missions to the moon, Mars and beyond.

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