The U.S. space race of the 1960s was an enormous undertaking, costing $25.4 billion (about $125 billion in 2009 dollars) with only the building of the Panama Canal rivalling the Apollo program's size as the largest nonmilitary technological endeavor ever undertaken by the United States. In the process, the United States built a massive infrastructure to support missions to the Moon. In the aftermath of the successful completion of the program, much of this infrastructure was abandoned, some was altered for other uses, and much torn down. This paper surveys six major cultural landmarks of the Moon race, assessing their differing fates:

  1. 1. The Apollo Launch Pads—LC 39A and B—Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

  2. 2. The Vertical Assembly Building (VAB), Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

  3. 3. Mission Control Center (MCC), Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas.

  4. 4. Six Apollo landing sites on the Moon.

  5. 5. Lunar Landing Research Facility, Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia.

  6. 6. Apollo Command Modules on display in various museums around the nation, and in London.

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