Over 400,000 Apollo workers helped the U.S. land on the moon. Here are some of their stories

It took more than 400,000 scientists, engineers and technicians across the United States, an army of workers that together tackled what seemed like an invincible foe: Getting a spacecraft to break free of the iron grasp of Earth’s atmosphere into lunar orbit and then, with pinpoint precision, onto that powdery surface we now know makes up the moon.

The three men who took the journey became the faces of the achievement ⁠— arguably humanity’s greatest. But it was the men and women who worked in factories and offices across the nation over the better part of a decade ⁠— people like Frances “Poppy” Northcutt, the first woman in NASA’s Mission Control, and Bill Moon, a Chinese American flight controller who was the first minority to work in Mission Control — that took the moon landing from presidential challenge to tangible reality. Read more here.