“What are the ODDs,that it actually would had come true right on the target in 1969.”
What’s so odd about that? I’m sure JFK had his science and engineering people do a lot of work on the feasibility of a moon landing before making that historic challenge. After the announcement, it was just a matter of executing a carefully laid out plan (and having a blank check from Congress). In fact, if it wasn’t for the Apollo 1 tradgedy they probably would have accomplished it two years early.
As for those astronauts who died after returning, like Chary said, the lifestyle of fighter pilots and test pilots gives them a good chance of dying young and in unusual ways. Some died in jet crashes (surprise!), car and motorcycle accidents, the same as the ones who never flew in space or were in training. I heard a statistic, which I haven’t been able to confirm, that claims, of all military pilots who are in the service for 20 years or more, 25% are killed. And that doesn’t include wartime. It’s a dangerous business.
I’m guessing you were born after the Apollo missions. For those of us that were around, it was an exciting time. Sorry you missed it.