This is very belated, but here’s a terrific article on the 1960s space race in the New York Times: Looking Back at the Apollo Mission, 50 Years Later.
I’ve written here about my own memories of those years. It was a high-water mark for the human race, in my opinion. I share the view of Stephen Hawking and others that ultimately we must reach beyond our own world, if we are to survive as a species.
I feel sad that we face the end of an era, with the retirement of the space shuttles. But I remain optimistic that a new space program will arise eventually. I think the riki-tiki pull of space will be impossible to ignore, over time.
That’s my story, and I’m sticking by it.