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Exhibit Theme

The Space Race

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Letter from Representative David S...
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Letter from Representative David S. King to Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, April 15, 1961

When Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first person in space, Representative David King of Utah wrote a strongly worded letter to Vice President Lyndon Johnson. King argued that “the space race is fiction” because the U.S. was not keeping pace with the Soviets’ spectacular achievements. He urged that greater funding be allotted to the space program.

Records of Temporary Committees, Commissions, and Boards, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.