50TH ANNIVERSARY OF APOLLO 11

A Triumph ‘For All Mankind’ in the Midst of the Cold War

JOHN M. LOGSDON

This coming 20th of July will be the 50th anniversary of the “small step for a man” and “giant leap for mankind” which Neil Armstrong took on the surface of the Moon. In commemoration of this historic feat, the BBVA Foundation, in collaboration with Spanish national newspaper ‘El Mundo’ presents a special multimedia publication in which four experts analyze the significance of Apollo 11 from different perspectives. In this article, John M. Logsdon – Professor Emeritus of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University (Washington D.C.), founder of the Space Policy Institute, and author of ‘John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon’ – explores the geopolitical context of the Cold War in which the ‘race to the Moon’ took place. A video interview with Professor Logsdon is also available by clicking on the ‘play’ button on the image at the top of this page.