RE: Spy Satellites at the Air Force Museum

From: Ted Molczan (
Date: Mon Jan 30 2012 - 04:31:23 UTC

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    Frank Reed wrote:
    > The photo at lower right shows a Soviet N-1 moon rocket. And given the date, it's the most
    > historically significant N-1. When it was set up on the launch pad, apparently it persuaded
    > the strategic folks associated with NASA that it was time to go to the Moon and quick. And
    > thus was born Apollo 8. That photo changed the history of manned space flight.
    Based on my long ago reading, it was my impression that it was not the N-1, but the possibility of a piloted Zond
    circumlunar mission that was the immediate concern. However, Dwayne Day has been digging into the historical record, and
    as of three years ago found no firm evidence linking the decision to send Apollo 8 on a lunar orbit mission and anything
    the Soviets might have been planning for the same time frame:
    Ted Molczan
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