National Geographic : 1964 Mar
IS THIS TRIP NECESSARY? That's what they asked the Wright Brothers, too. Only in those days they said, "If man were meant to fly, God would have given him wings." It amounts to the same thing. No one guessed that the airplane would con tribute a lot more to our lives than just faster trans portation. That it would spur developments in every field of science. Many things we take for granted grew out of the needs of modern flight. Things like aluminum for bridges, cars and wrapping foil. Better and smaller radios and TV sets. Energy cells. A lot of the scientific know-how which made this nation strong would have been a long time coming, if it hadn't been for the air plane. At the same time, our understanding of man's physical capabilities has increased, too-with a corre sponding growth in our understanding of the human mechanism. So getting to the moon is more than a mat- ter of national pride. It's a question of staying ahead in technology. If we don't, we can't hope to remain a world power. Our efforts to land a man on the moon will result in new discoveries. Just as the airplane hatched better ways to do things. Scientists call it technological fallout. That's good fallout. The kind of fallout that will fire up our economy, provide new industries, new jobs, and new ways to make the earth a better place to live. Grumman is designing and building the Lunar Ex cursion Module. We're proud to do our part in helping to land U.S. astronauts on the moon. When they do land, it will be proof of this nation's continuing leadership in science and technology. And these developments will be available to assist our defense capa bility. Remember that, the next time somebody asks if the trip is necessary. f . GRUMMAN AIRCRAFT ENGINEERING CORPORATION Bethpage, Long Island, N. Y.