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Manuscript/Mixed Material The gift of Apollo : draft essay

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  • The gift of Apollo : draft essay


  • Sagan, Carl (Author)


  • -  Sagan, Carl
  • -  Outer space--Exploration
  • -  NASA
  • -  National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • -  Project Apollo (U.S.)
  • -  Space flight
  • -  Science and civilization
  • -  Technology
  • -  Atomic bomb
  • -  Nuclear warfare
  • -  Manuscripts


  • Manuscripts


  • -  A draft essay commemorating the Apollo missions. Written for Parade magazine, a version of this piece reappears as a section in Sagan's book Pale blue dot : a vision of the human future in space. The essay mixes Sagan's optimism in the progressive potential of technology, as evident in the Apollo missions, with the threat that technologies, like the atomic bomb, present to the long term prospects of humanity.


  • Dimensions in inches: 11 x 8 1/2

Source Collection

  • The Seth MacFarlane Collection of the Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan Archive


  • Manuscript Division

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Sagan, Carl. The gift of Apollo: draft essay. 1989. Manuscript/Mixed Material.

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Sagan, C. (1989) The gift of Apollo: draft essay. [Manuscript/Mixed Material] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Sagan, Carl. The gift of Apollo: draft essay. 1989. Manuscript/Mixed Material. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.