Lead: In the winter of 1967, the race to the moon was on. The pressure on the Apollo program was enormous. Faulty design and careless construction led to a disastrous fire.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: From the moment the first signals of Sputnik alerted the world to a new era of space exploration, it seemed that the United States was nearly always behind. The Soviets achieved the first dog in space, the first manned flight, the first man in orbit, the first woman in orbit, the first space walk. America’s stumbling space program seemed always two steps behind, never quite able to surpass its geopolitical rival. By 1966 President John F. Kennedy’s goal of reaching the moon before the decade seemed illusive.