In this clip ABC News anchor Frank Reynolds interviews Neil Armstrong in 1969 prior to Moon launch. Only 38 years old, Armstrong displays a unique combination of intelligence, optimism, and an understanding of the importance of the Moon launch beyond the obvious technical achievement. Ever the engineer, Armstrong sees the application of problem-solving methodologies to be one of the lasting contributions of the space program to society.
Interestingly, Armstrong suggests the resources of a successful program, such as the space program, should not be siphoned off to support other “less successful” programs. This can be interpreted as both a comment on social programs as well as the war in Vietnam, though the pragmatic Armstrong believes America able to succeed in all ventures with an “understood goal.”
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