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21 June, 2009 / Erik

Shallow Horizons


“The great tragedy of the effort was that the best of American technology and billions of American dollars were devoted to a project of minuscule benefit to anyone,” says historian Gerard DeGroot, of St Andrew’s University. “Armstrong’s small step did nothing for mankind.” Indeed, the quest now “seems as strange as stuffing fraternity brothers into phone booths, swallowing goldfish or listening to the 1910 Fruitgum Company,” he states. These are harsh words, but you can see DeGroot’s point.

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