By William L. O'Neill

An research of the 1960's that brings to mild new points of that turbulent decade.

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A CD official told Nevada businessmen to form a militia that could turn back refugees from California. An Idaho housing subdivision planned a shelter with armed guards to keep out nonmembers. All this discredited the program. Even if useful, some thought it too costly. Others felt it caused moral damage in excess of any possible gain. Scientists took out advertisements to say it wouldn't work anyway. Their case gained from Russian tests that showed there was no limit to a weapon's power. It was possible to orbit a thousand-megaton bomb capable of setting six Western states afire in one great blast.

39 On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man (that we know of) to walk on the moon. Live TV broadcasts enabled a quarter of the world's population to watch him. It was an intensely thrilling moment, the climax of man's technological progress to that date. The most extravagant self-acclaim followed it. Winning the moon race showed the merits of free enterprise, the American way of life, and, perhaps, Christianity. More generous observers extended credit to all mankind. President Nixon thought it the best week's work since the creation.

White entered an Apollo capsule for routine tests. After a series of equipment malfunctions the tests had nearly been called off, then it was decided to go ahead with a mock countdown. Seconds later fire broke out and within minutes all three were dead of carbon monoxide poisoning. Critics of the space program were hardly surprised. In 1963 Dr. Vannevar Bush, director of the Office of Scientific Research and Development during World War II, wrote the New York Times to protest the program's risk and cost.

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