That symbol of hope and pride, the space race was a welcome distraction (kinda) from Cold war politics. Even though the competition was fierce, it remained a symbol of hope, pride and modernity.
Here is a copy of the speech Nixon was to deliver if it had gone wrong, strange to think! Maybe Elon Musk and his space mates are writing one currently in the event the Mars trip goes wrong, who knows!
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