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Richard Menger, M.D., MPA, is a neurosurgeon and graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is the lead author of the peer-reviewed manuscript “Astronaut Michael Collins, Apollo 8, and the anterior cervical fusion that changed the history of human spaceflight.”
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy boldly declared that the United States would send a man to the moon and safely bring him home before the end of that decade. Apollo 11 accomplished that mission in 1969. In the process, the names Neil Armstrong,…