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If the US had failed …

Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace.

Counterfactual history – or “what if” studies – can be fascinating exercises, if a little pointless, frankly. However, sometimes they can take on a real and poignant edge – as with this speech that Nixon had prepared in the event of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin being stranded on the Moon. From this distance (in both time and space) it is easy now to forget just what a feat the moon landings were and how close the astronauts were at all times to danger and tragic failure – as more recent accidents on more mundane trips have shown.

Now, what effect would it have had on the Cold War had the USSR actually won the race to the Moon…?