The average age at mission control may have been 26, but Wernher von Braun, the chief architect of the Saturn V rocket was 57. You can bet that other key technology was also developed by experienced engineers. And what’s age got to do with global warming anyway?
About Al Gore’s speech at Stanford, the Stanford News reports:
…Gore closed his talk by speaking directly to students in the audience. When, in 1969, the first manned spacecraft touched down on the moon’s surface, the average age of NASA engineers in the mission control center was 26, Gore said. That meant that they had been 18 – the age of a college freshman – when President John F. Kennedy challenged America to put a man on the moon.
At the time, many Americans had thought a moon landing was impossible, but were proved wrong, Gore reminded the audience. Similarly, he said, rapid and dramatic action on climate change and other issues is possible. “Change often comes quickly when consciousness changes. We have to become conscious of what we’re doing so that we can change it,” he said…