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Remembering the lunar landing

On the 40th anniversary of the Moon landing we select three contemporary records

By Ian Irvine   July 2009

Janet Flanner, the New Yorker’s Paris correspondent, writes to her friend Natalia Danesi Murray about the flight to the moon of Apollo X in May 1969: “I know your heart is in your throat during this flight to the moon, and I read with fear and trembling what those eagle men plan to do. Naming everything after the cartoon characters of Peanuts [The lunar module was named Snoopy and the command module Charlie Brown] seems a little more Amurrican than necessary, but it, of course, pleases the USA public.” Richard Nixon writes in his memoirs: “For me the most exciting…

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