Neil Armstrong passing prompts US yearning for past glories
Paul HarrisThe death of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, has prompted a bout of soul-searching about America's national destiny as well as mourning for an icon of the 20th century.
As tributes continued to pour in on Sunday for the former astronaut who died aged 82 there were also expressions of regret that no human has been back to the moon since 1972, just three years after Armstrong set foot on it and gave his famous "giant leap for mankind" speech.
Elliot Pulham, chief executive of the Space Foundation, decried today's lack of backing for America's space agency Nasa, compared with the vast resources devoted to the moon landings programme in the 1960s.
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"Neil Armstrong passing prompts US yearning for past glories", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), août 2012. Consulté le 23/09/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/neil-armstrong-passing-prompts-us-yearning-for-past-glories