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Sending Americans Into Space - 2

In the 1950s, the United States and the Soviet Union began programs for manned and unmanned scientific missions into space. The Soviets’ successful launch of the unmanned Sputnik I satellite in 1957 made Congress determined to jolt the U.S. space program into action. Winning the race to space became a political, scientific, and security priority. The United States intensified its efforts to be the first nation to send a man to the moon.

3 Images President John F. Kennedy’s Message to Congress, May 25, 1961 View All Images
1 Image USAF Lunar Reference Mosaic LEM-1, 3rd Edition, July 1966 View All Images
1 Image Apollo 11 Mission Commentary, Transcript, July 20, 1969 View All Images
1 Image Men on the Moon, July 20, 1969 View All Images