Americans reflect on Apollo 11 and the space program | 7/20/1969 | Staff
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On the 50th anniversary of the first Apollo landing on the moon, American adults cite the 1969 lunar landing as NASA's most important achievement in its 60-year history.

In a national survey conducted by the University of Michigan, 35% of American adults (age 18 or older) mention the first lunar landings as one of the two most important achievements of NASA when asked in an open-ended format.

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"This level of public recall and recognition reflect the deep-seated impact of the first moon landing in American culture," said Jon Miller, director of the International Center for the Advancement of Scientific Literacy at U-M's Institute for Social Research.

It is important to recognize that only 45% of today's adults were alive at the time of the first lunar landing on July 20, 1969.

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Although the lunar landing was the most frequently mentioned NASA achievement over the last 60 years, many American adults pointed to other achievements, including the exploration of our solar system and the improvement of our understanding of the planetary system. Other adults noted the important technologies that have been produced by the space program and transferred to civilian uses, especially in communication and computer technologies.

Miller's 2018 survey repeated an earlier question used in a national survey in 1988 about the value of spin-off technologies from the space program. When asked to agree or disagree with the statement "The space...
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