When Apollo 11 landed on the moon in July 1969, it capped not only the most remarkable engineering feat in history, but also a decade-long battle over how much access the press and public should have to the manned space program. Now, forty years after an awed world watched Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin bounce across the surface of the moon, this book tells the behind-the-scenes story of how NASA and the U.S. media were often at odds, but ultimately showed extraordinary cooperation in bringing the story of lunar conquest to the world. Drawing upon rich historical sources from NASA, journalists, and television networks, this book sheds new light on how media shaped how we saw America's great adventure in space, and raises contemporary questions about the role of information in a free society.
The Author: Harlen Makemson is Associate Professor in the School of Communications at Elon University. He has a Ph.D. in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has authored a number of refereed journal articles in the areas of media history and visual communication. His professional experience includes work as a newspaper reporter, editor, and designer.