there’s a kind of mythology in canada that “we” as a country were instrumental in america’s goal of landing a man on the moon. canada’s aerospace industry used to be far more domestically focused, and in particular a rather advanced jet fighter was being made in the 1950s called the avro arrow. it ended up scrapped by the diefenbaker government, with 30,000 people being fired. from that, 32 engineers went to work for nasa on the moonshot. it’s viewed as some kind of national ignominy and yet a vindication for “our” technical ability. it’s also one of the reasons my dad cites for not voting tory, despite being a toddler the day it was cancelled.