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Like Abbey, Don had gotten his start at NASA as an MCC controller in the Apollo program and ultimately served as a flight director forApollo 16.
Chaired by General Samuel C. Phillips, the chief manager of the Apollo program under Dr. George Mueller, the committee at headquarters studied the impact of Armstrong’s crash on the overall Apollo program, particularly the LM.
Getting their heads together were Deke Slayton, the director of flight crew operations; Bob Gilruth, the MSC director; George Low, the Apollo program manager and the official who had traveled throughout South America with Armstrong in 1966; and Chris Kraft, the director of flight operations.
Subsequently, in 2002, NASA commissioned distinguished space writer and veteran UFO debunker James Oberg to write a 30,000-word monograph refuting the notion that the Apollo program was a hoax.
Instead of withholding sale of the covers until after the Apollo program was over, which was the astronauts’ understanding of how the deal would be handled, Sieger immediately began selling them—for $1,500 each.
The shift from the Apollo program to the shuttle program represented a sea-change for NASA.Everything was different.