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To the children of the Apollo astronauts, growing up in the new suburbs outside the Johnson Space Center seemed normal. Upon later reflection, however, it was anything but ordinary. This book excerpt contains the recollections of Rick Armstrong and Andrew Aldrin.
Typical suburban sprawl outside the Johnson Space Center near Houston, Texas. It was in neighborhoods like these tha t the astronauts and their families lived during the space r ace.

“I didn’t understand all the attention, either good or bad, that I was getting—I didn’t think I had done anything to deserve it.”

—R ick Armstrong, son of Neil Armstrong

The suburbs around Houston, Texas and the Kennedy Space Center in Florida were brand-new, tight-knit communities, where many astronauts and their families rubbed elbows with thousands of family members of others working on the space program.

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