During the last few months, public health experts have called for a massive, moonshot-style response to the coronavirus — a new “Apollo program.”
The original push to put Americans on the moon was sprawling, speedy, expensive, and ultimately successful. “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things,” John F. Kennedy said, “not because they are easy, but because they are hard.”
One of the things that made the Apollo program hard was designing and building the lunar modules or LMs — the actual spacecraft that would take Americans to the moon.
Here are some rare images that show how challenging these machines were to build — and that remind us how Americans have done things like this before and can do them again.