On July 20, 1969, the world held its breath as astronauts from the United States did something that would have been thought almost unimaginable only a few years earlier: putting a person on the moon – and beating the Soviets in the ‘space race’.But the pathway to the first moon landing ran through Texas, and the marks of that journey left deep and lasting impressions on more than the lunar surface, but on the Lone Star State as well.
In this one-hour Texas Standard special, we explore this story of the “Highway to the Moon: How Texas Paved the Way for Apollo.”
NASA’s 1,620 acre Manned Spacecraft Center was the heart of it, but 100 aerospace companies, thousands of engineers, and even more thousands of families and businesses turned a Texas oil town into Space City.
Though woman played many roles in the Apollo program, people were generally unaware that the Johnson Spaceflight Center team included female engineers and mathematicians.
“It’s no accident that Elon Musk is going to Mars, or Jeff Bezos is doing what he’s doing. They were influenced by seeing [Apollo]; that’s where it all comes from.”