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Sending Americans Into Space - 2

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President John F. Kennedy’s Message to Congress, May 25, 1961

A few weeks after Commander Alan Shepard, Jr., became the first American to travel into space, President Kennedy addressed a joint session of Congress, requesting its commitment to the space program and additional funds to develop rockets and weather and communication satellites.

Records of the U.S. House of Representatives, National Archives and Records Administration