Future of Space Exploration

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Soviet-American Competition in Space

America's space program has reached a critical juncture. The deadline for sending a manned expedition to the moon and back is little more than three years away. As that time approaches, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration is undecided about what space goals to pursue after 1970. A decision will have to be taken soon, for the complexities and costs of space projects dictate long-range planning.

The moon project is on an extremely tight schedule despite the successful soft landing of Surveyor 1 on the lunar surface, June 2. The recent Gemini 9 mission, twice postponed, was only a partial success, and three additional Gemini flights are still to come. James E. Webb, head of NASA, told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee, May ...

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