By J. Logsdon

On may well 25, 1961, President John Kennedy declared:  “I think that this kingdom may still devote itself to reaching the target, earlier than this decade is out, of touchdown a guy at the moon and returning him thoroughly to earth.” Over his ultimate time within the White condominium, JFK actively concerned himself in house judgements and several other occasions reviewed his choice to visit the Moon, at any time when concluding that the advantages of being the chief in area outweighed the big charges of the lunar touchdown enterprise. Logsdon strains the evolution of JFK's considering and coverage up until eventually his assassination, which delivered to an finish his reexamination of the program's target and time table and his hope to collaborate, instead of compete, with the Soviet Union in going to the Moon. This examine, in response to broad learn in fundamental files and archival interviews with key participants of the Kennedy management, is the definitive exam of John Kennedy’s position in sending american citizens to the Moon.

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Among the many issues discussed, they agreed that the Space Council was not needed and that legislation abolishing it should be reintroduced in the new Congress. 48 However, by mid-December, when Kennedy and Johnson met in Palm Beach to discuss the new administration’s legislative program, Kennedy had decided to assign the vice president-elect lead responsibility within his administration for space issues. 49 The precise sequence of events surrounding this announcement remains unclear. ” Belieu also 30 J O H N F.

Kennedy asked Neustadt to elaborate his arguments in additional memoranda, saying someone in the campaign would get back to him in due time. As was typical of Kennedy’s style, he asked Clifford and Neustadt to work without consulting 16 J O H N F. 3 Neustadt heard no more from the Kennedy campaign until late October, when he was contacted by one of JFK’s associates, asking how he was progressing. On November 4, Neustadt joined Kennedy on his campaign airplane to hand the candidate several of the memorandums he had prepared.

Following Reedy’s advice, Johnson chaired the twenty days of hearings on “satellite and missile programs” held by his Preparedness Subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services Committee between November 1957 and January 1958. ”51 As the Senate organized itself to deal with space issues, Johnson named himself chairman of the new Committee on Aeronautical and Space Sciences, even as he maintained his position as majority leader. ” He told Johnson that the NASA-Air Force conflict was “why I have been so firmly convinced that the Space Council needs to be resurrected and reestablished,” since “only someone with your force and vigor and understanding can separate the men from the boys.

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