Giant leap or ego trip?

Whatever about the late Neil Armstrong's bravery, did the US's haste to put a man on the moon contribute anything at all to the way we live now, asks Tom McGurk?

1st September, 2012
The US seems to have paid $35 billion for a few moon rocks.

The death last weekend of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, brings to an end one of the most remarkable American odysseys of the 20th century - the drive to put a man on the moon. In the end, 12 Americans eventually walked there in a programme that took ten years and cost about $35 billion - in today's terms, about ten times that.

But with Armstrong's death and almost half a century...

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