In 1970 NASA announced that several Apollo missions would be cancelled. The remaining missions were renumbered 14 through 17.
Although I do not have a personal memory of this, the end of the Apollo missions is the ideal example of an event where people’s emotional reactions have been lost or misunderstood. I always imagined that all of humanity gasped a collective “No! This can’t be the end!” when the announcement was made. However, talking to people who remember that time, I learned that most of the public was disenchanted with the space program, and generally didn’t care.
What memories do you have of this announcement? How did you and the people in your life feel upon hearing it?