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50TH ANNIVERSARY OF APOLLO 11

From the Moon to the Earth

RAFAEL PARDO / Director of the BBVA Foundation

Humanity’s first moon landing fifty years ago stands as one of the essential achievements of the 20th century, and for some historians may even be the greatest of them all. In the special commemorative supplement published by El Mundo, in collaboration with the BBVA Foundation, distinguished specialists discuss the most outstanding aspects of this techno-scientific and organizational feat. This article examines a less tangible, but no less important dimension of the “space adventure”: public opinion and the news media as the support pillars for a costly public program and, also, the unsought and unforeseen effects of the first space flights in shaping our self-identity as a species and, particularly, our environmental awareness.