John M. Logsdon's After Apollo?: Richard Nixon and the American Space Program PDF

By John M. Logsdon

ISBN-10: 1137438525

ISBN-13: 9781137438522

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong took 'one small step for a guy, one big bounce for mankind.' The good fortune of the Apollo eleven venture happy the aim that have been set by means of President John F. Kennedy simply over 8 years prior. It additionally raised the query 'What do you do subsequent, after touchdown at the Moon?' It fell to President Richard M. Nixon to respond to this question. After Apollo? Richard Nixon and the yank house software lines intimately how Nixon and his affiliates went approximately constructing their reaction.

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as a civilian agency. ”2 Richard Nixon was an early advocate of that policy. ” In White House discussions, Nixon suggested “we can make no greater mistake than seeing this as just a Soviet stunt. ” Once he was in the White House, however, Nixon did not follow this path, instead continuing the reductions in NASA’s budget that had begun under Lyndon Johnson. 3 There was little or no Nixon involvement in space issues between his defeat in the 1960 presidential election and his selection as the Republican nominee for president in August 1968.

Eisenhower accepted this advice, which came not only from Nixon but from other sources; the result was the president’s April 1958 proposal to create 32 A f t e r A p o l l o? the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as a civilian agency. ”2 Richard Nixon was an early advocate of that policy. ” In White House discussions, Nixon suggested “we can make no greater mistake than seeing this as just a Soviet stunt. ” Once he was in the White House, however, Nixon did not follow this path, instead continuing the reductions in NASA’s budget that had begun under Lyndon Johnson.

A space station had been part of NASA’s planning even before the lunar landing program was begun, and there had been a number of NASA studies of space station concepts during the 1960s. 13 NASA’s Associate Administrator for Manned Space Flight George Mueller was not part of the Thompson study team. A hard-charging, brilliant, tough-minded individual, Mueller since arriving at NASA in September 1963 had become almost autonomous in his management of NASA’s human space flight efforts. He had a different idea with respect to what should be NASA’s top post-Apollo priority.

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