Neil was one of the pioneers of space explorations. The race to the moon was about power and prestige. The Americans won because they had the economic might over the Soviet Union. The 20th century was America's century of glory in science and technology. Armstrong represented a fading generation of Americans that not only believed but also lived the American dream. That generation is fading and so has the American dream. The current generation is preoccupied with gay rights forgetting the recession and the rise of the BRICS.