The cultural impact of the first moon landing
Blake Morrison examines the cultural impact of the Apollo 11 landing. "One of the more extraordinary aspects of the first moon landing was that the BBC chose to use David Bowie's Space Oddity in its coverage. It's a wonderfully haunting song, of course: a dialogue between ground control and Major Tom, as he sits far above the world in his tin can. But quite aside from the theory that the lyrics are really a parable about heroin use, what they describe is, in Nasa terms, a catastrophe: the circuit goes dead, contact is lost, and Major Tom - dreamily embracing his destiny - is left to float for ever in space."
From The Guardian