RUTH MOFENSON SETS THE RECORD STRAIGHT
The following letter-to-the-editor appeared in the New York Times Book Review on January 12, 1986 - a great reminder to all of us about the importance of remembering history:
To the Editor:
In her review of Marina Warner's "Monuments & Maidens" (Dec. 1), Susan Brownmiller deplores the fact that NASA chose Apollo for the name of its space project, thereby snubbing the moon goddess Diana. It should be noted by all women, however, that our Diana had "the right stuff," after all, and occupies the appropriate place in space history.
In January 1946, a full 20 years before Project Apollo, space age exploration began when five Army Signal Corps engineers in Belmar, N.J., made history by bouncing a radar signal off the moon. Aware of the implications of their experiment, they chose its name with great care: Project Diana.
RUTH MOFENSON DIMOND