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Why Interest in Space Travel Waned After Apollo 11

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Why Interest in Space Travel Waned After Apollo 11

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After the success of Apollo 11, NASA unveiled an ambitious agenda for more missions into space. But interest among the public was beginning to drop ? and the Nixon administration balked at the high costs.

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The world celebrated the first moon landing in July 1969. After the success of Apollo 11, NASA dreams up new missions, each more ambitious than the last. But a series of budget cuts, waning public interest, and two near-disasters put the future of the space program in jeopardy. Through archival footage, interviews, and objects inside Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, revisit the Apollo 12 computer crash and the Apollo 13 mid-space explosion.

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